I watched a show on TV this evening...I think it was called "Wild Florida", hosted by Hunter Reno (Janet's niece...whose real name is Karen). Anyway...it talked about the non-native wildlife that is becoming more and more prolific in Florida. Red tailed Boas and Burmese pythons are spreading through the Everglades...Nile Monitors are going crazy in Cape Coral (I didn't see any when I was there a couple weeks ago)...and some funky snail that looks like an Apple Snail on steroids is spreading throughout Florida.
Why do idiots buy creatures that they can't take care of? Don't people bother to research their prospective pets? I mean, before I got my Sulcata tortoise I read about them. I found out what they eat, what kind of habitat they need, how big they get and how long they live. I made an educated decision. I would never EVER release her in the wild.
When we were at the Greenway Trail last weekend, I noticed thay had put up signs...idiot signs complete with pictures...that said not to release any wild animals. not to plant any non-native plants. It's pretty sad they have to even include pictures.
I am an animal lover. I have snakes. I have a dog and a cat. I have a tortoise who will get to be around 150 lbs. one day. But if I am ever on a trail in the ENP and I come across a python...well, it's going to become a dead python real quick. Not out of fear, but out of respect for our native wildlife. It's sad and some may say I'm wrong, but I saw all the destruction they can cause...the upset of our fragile ecosystem cause by there presence...
Just remember to please think twice, long and hard, before you even consider buying a non-native creature, esp. one that can flourish in Florida.
That's all. I'm done ranting. You may continue on with your regularly scheduled programming :)