This caused me to stop and think that this same thing could happen in the areas in countries throughout the world if people haphazardly released their pet snakes into local areas. It gave me the heebie-jeebies as I read a report on Newser.Com that due to visitors coming to the Canary Island with pet snakes and then releasing them, it has led to serious problems, according to biologists.
The type of snake is an albino variety of California king-snake and it’s bred in captivity in San Diego; and it is now obliterating native animal populations after some of the snakes were brought to the islands by visitors as pets and they’ve escaped to multiply.
What’s amazing about this situation is the snakes grew to be 30% bigger than their California equivalents, and their size isn’t all that is booming either because they’re free of natural predators and their population numbers are exploding in the thousands per square mile in some of the areas of the Spanish archipelago, where native species, not programmed for fearing snakes, has not be able to adapt in the short window span since the California king-snake began causing issues, beginning roughly in 2007, according to the Los Angeles Times reports.
It is reported that experts from the US will be heading to the islands, northwest of Africa, in the next month to assist scientists and government officials to figure out some type of a game plan. The dogs and hawks that have been set on the snakes have shown little effect. The California king-snake spends a lot of its time underground; and currently, there are fewer than 2,000 of the snakes that have been captured; and one expert stated that this presents an unpleasant thought: “The fact that you’re removing hundreds of visible snakes means, that it is very likely that there are many, many thousands more hidden that cannot be seen.”
When asked, “What do they do?” Another expert suggested plowing up infested areas.
In my opinion an expert will first have to locate infested areas and these areas may be hard to find due to vegetation, rocks and rugged areas. If all of the snakes are not captured, the same problem will exist in the future.
Barbara Kasey Smith is the writer of this article based on a report by Newser.Com and other News reports listed in the article.
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