Persons have an organic curiosity about exotic animals. Numerous species are readily available to buy and maintain as pets. Unfortunately, a lot of those pets can grow to become also large or aggressive for individuals to sustain in their residences and are then released into neighboring forests and swamps. This practice has begun to upset the organic ecosystem in quite a few of our natural communities, like our neighboring national park – The Florida Everglades.
A superb example may be the person who enters a pet retailer and understand that they’re able to obtain a small Nile Monitor Lizard for much less than $20. A compulsive buy rapidly grows into a seven-foot aggressive carnivorous predator. No longer capable to care for this pet and/or is afraid of the giant lizard so they release it into the wild.
Millions of exotic animals are imported every year into the United States of America. Some are released, just like the example above, even though other folks escape. Lots of those animals are surviving and thriving right here in Florida, with our tropical climate and many marshy areas, beaches, lakes, and ponds. These reptiles, birds as well as other mammals are breeding in the wild, swiftly multiplying and becoming a nuisance. At its worst, these “misplaced” species can turn out to be so invasive that natural ecological systems come to be disrupted together with the uprooting and decimation of other all-natural flora and fauna. It is crucial to notify wildlife pros if an exotic animal is identified about your home or neighborhood. These animals and reptiles might be incredibly hazardous and aggressive and particular relocation and removal techniques are employed to ensure the security of the animal/reptile and also the handler/people involved.
Recently there have been media reports concerning frequent encounters amongst residents of Cape Coral and significant Nile Monitor Lizards. Within the most recent news, a twenty-foot Burmese Python was removed from a backyard in suburban Miami. These are just a few examples of “exotic pet purchases run amok.”
Other theories for the explosion of “exotic species” inside the wild spaces of Southwest Florida was the turbulence caused by Hurricane Andrew. Numerous exotic reptile import holding regions were damaged, subsequently releasing many varieties of exotic species into the wild. A few of these species have been tracked as far north as Central Florida. Venomous species of snakes like the African Green Mamba and King Cobras have been reported from credible sources in suburban places of Southeast Florida plus the Everglades.
These species produce a true threat to organic wildlife in Southern Florida, people, and animals alike. From Africanized “Killer Bees” to venomous snakes and lizards. These imported species pose a severe ecological and public health concern for the future.