Introduced Species

Introduced Species

Introduced species have become one of the most influential threats to biodiversity in various habitats around the world. The exotic species disrupt communities by competing with or preying on native species, throwing the biodiversity off-balance. Exotic species are imported in various ways. One of the most famous examples of species introduction is that of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Although these snakes make for a popular pet when they are small and young, households have increasingly released them into the wild once their size becomes out-of-control. Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia, but have aggressively established a role in South Florida’s ecosystems after reproducing and adjusting to the habitat.

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