Don't Let It Loose


Any plant or animal that is introduced, either intentionally or accidentally, beyond its natural range is considered an exotic species. Such organisms can present a serious threat to the ecosystems in which they are released.

Every year, millions of exotic birds, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater and marine fishes are imported into the United States for use in the pet trade. A recent study found that between 1989 and 1997, more than 18.3 million live reptiles were imported. Most of these live reptiles are imported through the ports of Miami and Los Angeles.

Every year, many exotic pets are released into the wild either accidentally or on purpose. Pet owners may not be able to take their fish with them when they move, or they may simply lose interest in maintaining a large python or agressive gecko. Exotic animals may also be released if they outgrow their tanks or cages. Non-native species may also be released if they appear to be in poor health.

Whatever the reason, its important to remember that releasing exotic animals inot the wild is not a good idea. Click on the links below to learn more and help unwanted pets. Remember "Don't Let it Loose!"

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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