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  •  they shouldn't be sold in Florida (5+ / 0-)

    but there's no reason why those of us in colder, non coastal areas shouldn't have them

    Praxis: Bold as Love

    by VelvetElvis on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 06:33:15 AM PST

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    •  but alas that is part of Florida's problem too (13+ / 0-)

      Because of our climate and our geographic location, we are the perfect spot for importers to bring in exotic plants and animals. Most of them are not destined to stay here--they are soid and shipped all over the eastern US.  But we are the holding area, where they are kept until they are shipped elsewhere.  That leaves us very vulnerable to escapes and accidents, and that's how many of our invasives got here.

      What's the solution? I really don't know.  Certainly we should stop importing known invasives. But the exotic pet industry is enormous, and no one is ever gonna shut it all down. The best we can do is try to take necessary precautions to insure that nothing escapes, and fine the living crap out of people who are caught intentionally releasing them (as unwanted pets, for instance).

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 06:43:38 AM PST

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