Exotic PetsWith the Internet, exotic animals are easier than ever to acquire. In addition, pet stores that sell these animals have no obligation to verify the legality of private possession with consumers. Often purchased when they’re younger and easier to handle, unique animals may pose a risk to the general public as they mature and start to exert their pure behaviors, equivalent to biting, attacking and scratching.

Cichlasoma urophthalmus (Mayan cichlid)- Introduced to Florida together with the Everglades. Nest predation of native centrarchids by Mayan cichlids has been noticed in the Everglades National Park. Presence of Mayan cichlids could have an effect on prey behavior. They are a potential vector of diseases and parasites. Its introduction into Florida might have been associated with the decorative fish trade and by fishermen.

We all know that exotic pets are rare, or extremely unusual, equivalent to a Fennec Fox or a rare fowl. What …

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