The success of the invasive species often comes at the expense of the natives.
People used to scare their kids with stories of alligators in the sewers, growing up from baby 'gators brought up from Florida as souvenirs and then dumped as they grew big. But you really don't hear about a lot of alligator attacks on sewer workers.
In the Florida Everglades, sightings of some medium-size mammals are down as much as 99 percent and it's thought that pythons and other non-native constrictors are responsible.The National Park Service says 1,825 Burmese pythons have been caught in and around Everglades National Park since 2000. They believe that tens of thousands of them are living there. A recently captured Burmese python was 16' 5" long and weighed 156 pounds. How can there be so many? It becomes clearer when you look inside. This one contained 59 python embryos. With no natural predators scientists fear the pythons are disrupting the food chain and upset the Everglades' delicate environmental balance in ways difficult to predict. Presently they are causing mayhem in the Everglades where they are decimating native species, numbers of raccoons, opossums, bobcats and other mammals.
So please keep your pets on a leash.
After his death, celebrity Jackson was replaced by a white woman, with the explanation that two plastic surgeries and the skin disease vitiligo had altered his appearance.
Even under the most adverse circumstances people continue to love their pets. Recently, Mark Voegel, 30, of Dortmund, Germany was found dead in his apartment after neighbors complained about the horrible odor.
When police entered the apartment, they discovered his pet black widow spider, Bettina, his gecko, Helmut, a few snakes, a couple hundred spiders, and thousands of termites. As a devoted pet owner, he continued feeding them even after death, as they were discovered to be consuming his body.
A police spokesman said, "It was like a horror movie. His corpse was over the sofa. Giant webs draped him, spiders were all over him. They were coming out of his nose and mouth. There was everything there one could imagine in the world of reptiles. Large pieces of flesh torn off by the ;izards were scopped up and taken back to the webs of tarantulas and other bird-eating spiders."
His apartment was described as a cross between a botanical garden and the butterfly breeding ground in The Silence of the Lambs. One tarantula had built a nest the size of a swallow’s in a corner of the ceiling. Voegel also had a boa constrictor and several poisonous frogs from South America.
The reptiles were allowed to roam freely throughout the apartment. The spiders and termites, supplied to the spiders as food, escaped when heaters on their aquaria exploded and dislodged the tops.
Voegel was believed to have been dead for 1 to 2 weeks. Despite the carnage caused by his other pets, it is believed that Bettina, the black widow spider, acted by herself in the murder and she is the lone suspect.