Amphibians, Animals, Biodiversity, Birds, Citizen Science, Conservation, Environment, Extinction, Frogs, Herps, Invasive Species, National Parks, Pet Trade, Pets, Reptiles, Research, Wetlands, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade New research shows that exotic amphibians and reptiles sold inexpensively as pets are more likely to end up in the wild, where they can pose problems for native wildlife.The authors of the study believe that many pet owners may not fully understand the responsibility of owning these animals, some of which can grow to large sizes and live for decades.They suggest that limiting the numbers of certain species popular as pets could help limit their often-destructive impact on ecosystems. Exotic pets that grow to be big adults and are inexpensive to buy are more likely to end up in the wild, according to a recent study.“It is difficult to unravel why an owner might release their household companion,” ecologist Oliver Stringham of Rutgers University in the United States said in a statement. “Impulsive buying decisions without proper research about care requirements could be a reason.”Stringham was the lead author of a study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology on Aug. 21.A vendor’s display of exotic snakes available for purchase at an exotic pet expo. Image © Diane Episcopio.These non-native animals can struggle, more than their erstwhile owners might think, to make a go of their new environments at times. But more destructively, they can also wipe out the animals they go after as prey, outcompete local species, and bring new and deadly diseases, all of which increase the likelihood of the extinction of native wildlife.Researchers know that the pet trade is how most reptiles and amphibians from other locales end up wreaking havoc in new habitats. It’s how the Burmese python, a 5.5-meter (18-foot) predator, has taken up residence in Florida’s Everglades National Park in the past few decades, where it’s likely been a part of driving down resident bird and mammal species. Still, the factors that have opened such pipelines have remained a mystery.Stringham and his colleagues counted more than 1,700 species of reptiles and amphibians that were sold as pets between 1999 and 2016. Lizards topped the list at 739 species, followed by snakes at 490 species. They then looked for which ones most commonly ended up in the wild as non-native species, based on prior research and counts by citizen scientists of these animal invaders. The team also looked for common traits, such as the life expectancy and body mass of different species, that occurred in animals that were more frequently set free.In addition to affordability, reptiles and amphibians that grow to large sizes and live long lives were more likely to be released. Once these animals have been purchased, exotic pet owners might decide that they’re ill-equipped to handle them, Stringham said.The green iguana is a common exotic pet that originates from Central and South America. Image © Matthew Sileo.“They may underestimate the space and costs needed to keep such animals as they grow into adults,” he said. Sentimentality, too, might play a role.“Understandably, some owners may not wish to euthanise their pet for ethical or emotional attachment reasons,” Stringham said.He and his colleagues suggest that better-informed pet owners could provide a potential solution. Policies directed at keeping large numbers of animals from setting up shop in a new environment could also help, before the problem becomes insurmountable, ecologist Julie Lockwood, also of Rutgers University, said in the statement.This Burmese python was captured in Everglades National Park in Florida, where the invasive snakes have established a large breeding population. Image by Susan Jewell/USFWS (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.“Stopping an established species from spreading is often not possible, and if at all, very expensive to eradicate,” Lockwood said.“When it comes to tackling nature invaders, it is best to take a precautionary approach,” she added. “While it might not be possible to fully prevent the release of exotic pets, reducing the number can be an effective way to prevent new species from becoming established and potentially invasive.”Banner image of a Burmese python by Susan Jewell/USFWS (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons. Citation Stringham, O. C., & Lockwood, J. L. (2018). Pet problems: Biological and economic factors that influence the release of alien reptiles and amphibians by pet owners. Journal of Applied Ecology.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
New Delhi: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Wednesday announced its plans to invest $500 million in India over the next five years to expand its operations, strengthen manufacturing capabilities and hire more people in the country. The company plans to increase its workforce in India by 20 per cent over the next three to five years. It will hire new engineering talent with expertise in areas of critical importance to customers such as artificial intelligence (AI) and networking, HPE said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt will also begin construction of a high-tech extension to its Mahadevapura campus in Bengaluru that will be able to house more than 10,000 employees, as well as state-of-the-art R&D facilities, it added. When complete, the 1.3-million sq ft campus will support a broad range of functions including R&D, engineering services, finance and sales. “This strategic investment (of $500 million) underscores HPE’s long-term commitment to India and will enable the company to grow its operations, manufacturing and employee base in the country, increase its R&D and services exports, as well as invest in technology initiatives to drive positive change for local Indian communities,” the statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostHPE said it also plans to commence manufacturing in India. The company is scheduled to start manufacturing it subsidiary Aruba’s portfolio of mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in India before the end of this year. “The manufacturing capability in India will allow Aruba to rapidly innovate networking solutions that will deliver benefits in support of the Digital India agenda and to customers across the country,” it said.