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Lawmakers owe it to their constituents to avoid people from marketing unique species

Some years back, I heard a loud, fairly frantic knocking at my door. I rushed to open it and observed my upcoming-doorway neighbor standing on my doorstep with gloves on and a pillowcase in hand. He experienced stopped by to alert me that his “pet” python was on the unfastened, having escaped the smaller, inadequate tank that he was stored in. As if this weren’t alarming plenty of, he admitted that he had been out of town for “a pair of weeks” and was not precisely guaranteed when Bruno the snake had ultimately gotten hungry adequate to make a break for it. Could I hold an eye out for him?

I slept with one eye open up right up until Bruno was discovered — months later on, emaciated and dead, acquiring starved to demise guiding the dryers in the condominium building’s laundry room.

Bruno fulfilled a ghastly conclude, but as Florida lawmakers nicely know, some lost or discarded animals regulate to prosper.

Florida officers attempted each trick in the guide to rid the point out of pythons and other non-native species. Roundups didn’t operate. Killing contests with cash prizes unsuccessful. A the latest selection by the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee to ban the possession and breeding of pythons, iguanas and 14 other nonnative species is extended overdue but could have arrive much also late.