Here is yet another example of why you should thoroughly research an animal before you buy it as a pet. In the U.S. a tremendous number of herps are released into natural habitats or abandoned in urban areas because their owners decided they didn’t want their pets any more. Invasive herp species are springing up everywhere from red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans) here in the north to Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) in the Everglades. It seems now African rock pythons (Python sebae) have taken up residence in Florida. These snakes can grow over 20ft in length and have been documented eating antelope and cases of them hunting humans have been reported. Read article.
Always be sure you understand how large and care intensive a pet is before you buy it. Just because it seems little and cute as a juvenile it may not seem so cute to you when it’s pushing 20 feet long and eating rabbits for dinner.
African Rock Python (c)2006 Graham J. Alexander
African Rock Python eating Antolpe (c)2009 Alex Griffiths
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