Thursday, October 22, 2009

Alien snakes threaten endangered US wildlife, people

People that lost (or let go) their exotic pet snakes (like Burmese and African pythons) have created a serious problem in Florida. The invasive, alien species (which grow up to 20 feet long and 200 pounds) have been caught devouring endangered species and people (a two-year-old kid was killed earlier this year by a python). (Wired)

There are nine species of giant, exotic snake on the loose. Five of them have been classified as a high risk to US ecosystems, according to a USGS study. Don’t care? You don’t live in Florida? Okay, well, “a few species could potentially spread throughout many of the southern states.” Still don’t care? You live in the city? Fine, well, “the hardy animals tolerate urban and suburban environments quite well.”

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