This week I chose to write about exotic pets and the problems that have been occurring is some areas such as Florida. The different types of exotic pets people choose to buy have always made me question their sanity, which is because lots of the problems animals are those that grow to lengths of 4 feet or more. While looking into the problem several news stories popped up about lately the Argentinian Tegu Lizard has been causing quite a problem (Lawrence 2014). These particular lizards grow up to 4 feet long and eat pretty much such as plants, eggs, small mammals, small reptiles, and birds. Having such a wide dietary assortment puts pressures on local wildlife numbers (Nolen 2012).
Lizards aren’t the only major problem another good example is the Burmese Python which started appearing in the late 70’s and then have increased year by year where populations are estimated to be in the tens or hundreds of thousands (Nolen 2012). The problems with pythons again are they eat pretty much anything including alligators which put nothing but unnecessary stress on the environment as well as being able to rapidly reproduce which is why populations have gotten so high in a short time. But recent studies have indicated that the decrease in the small mammals have a correlation with increased invasive animals (Nolen 2012).
What is currently being done is an attempt in trapping the animals and then euthanizing them in a humane manner. But a major problem that comes with the management of invasive species is the amount of money put aside in the governments but to deal with it. Jenkins (2013) found that the amount of money set for invasive animal’s research was far less than required in order to gain control of the situations which is why populations of some animals are still increasing whereas newer animals being released are now getting the chance to establish in the environment.
So not only is the money not there but the government has debated the regulation of animals in Florida, but the black market is always there. The lizard and python are only a couple examples of the problems in Florida there are many more those two I just picked. The problem is not with people buying the exotic pets, it is the fact that they buy them when they are small and they grow a lot bigger then they realized and no longer fit in the aquarium, or cost more to feed than first thought. There should be a better way of getting rid of unwanted exotic pets, or maybe even increasing their purchase price cause after looking online it’s amazing how cheap these animals are to buy upfront.
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