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Most Wanted Invasive Species

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Which invasive species do you want the most?

Flying Fox/Fruit Bat
6
17%
Mongoose
6
17%
Meerkat
1
3%
Dhole
8
23%
Raccoon Dog
12
34%
Brushtailed Possum
2
6%
Nondomestic European Rabbit
0
No votes
Multimammate Mouse
0
No votes
African Soft-Furred Rat
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 35
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Re: Most Wanted Invasive Species

Postby Ash » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:15 pm

Oh, just wanted to add here that African Soft Furs are readily available in the US. They can't be imported, but there are tons of them already here. They are a ball python's natural food source, so many ball python owners breed ASFs to feed to their snakes.

ASFs are illegal in Utah since there's a chance they could be invasive here. However, there are lots of breeders who raise them for feeders anyway. The DWR lately has turned a blind eye, but we'll see what happens.

They're just not the best convenience-wise, since it makes your snakes harder to sell if they're hooked on ASFs. Ball pythons are picky enough as it is, and the last thing someone would want is a ball python that eats something they can't legally import into their state.
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Re: Most Wanted Invasive Species

Postby TexasYankee » Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:35 pm

Interesting. Also, apparently they're a kind of multimammate mouse.

I find it a little odd that OP split out meerkats from mongooses and soft-furs from multimammate mice. Maybe the assumption was that the better-known species would appeal only to specialists?
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Re: Most Wanted Invasive Species

Postby Alynn » Tue Aug 18, 2015 5:51 pm

Raccoon dogs definitely, but Gambian Pouched Rats too.
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Re: Most Wanted Invasive Species

Postby TexasYankee » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:28 am

Incidentally, it turns out that African soft-furred rats have been imported to Texas and are being bred here as feeder animals. (One listing I saw emphasized that they are not suitable for pets because they hate being handled.) Presumably the importation happened before the ban (and before the CDC ban on African rodents), so they've been here awhile.
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Re: Most Wanted Invasive Species

Postby Ash » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:35 am

African-soft furs are very abundant here in the US. Despite them being illegal in Utah, the state turns a blind eye to the people who breed them. They're a ball python's natural food source, and ball pythons accept them a lot more readily. So when they're being bred as feeders it seems states don't care as much. But they are definitely out there and available in great, great numbers.
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Re: Most Wanted Invasive Species

Postby KKM » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:29 pm

UGH, I love tanuki so much. In fact, they are what got me interested in exotics altogether.
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Re: Most Wanted Invasive Species

Postby TexasYankee » Thu Nov 17, 2016 7:30 pm

Tanuki actually are wicked invasive though. And while I doubt pets would be a problem (individual pets don't establish breeding populations), if you allow fur farmers to have them they will, and the animal rights people will inevitably release a bunch of them into the wild like they do with all animals fur farmers raise. That's how they became a problem in eastern Europe.
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Re: Most Wanted Invasive Species

Postby minervasden » Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:57 pm

A 4 way tie between Dhole, Raccoon dog , Flying Fox, and Brushtailed Possum. I used to breed ASF so they weren't in the running.
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