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Imported Animals and Plants

Post by soloreclipse » Thu Jun 24, 2010 7:30 am

Imported Species
What does this mean?
It means that species from countries get dragged over into another one, and they multiply, and that is an imported species.

One in seven non-native species poses a threat to the native ones.

Here is a link to a list of just a few of the Imported animals and plants and, some information about them.

http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/animals/main.shtml
http://www.infoplease.com/science/slide ... -land.html
http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/Nonnative_index.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduced_species
http://www.esa.org/education/edupdfs/invasion.pdf
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Re: Imported Animals

Post by SolitaryHowl » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:39 am

Thanks for this post.

The Great Lakes have problems with the gobey fish, the zebra muscle, and some type of carp (Asian carp?) that I'm forgetting.
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Re: Imported Animals

Post by YunaliaChan » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:02 pm

I think they importing animals (unless house pets or animals to go to a wildlife park or zoo) shouldn't be allowed. Because they affect they habitats of other animals, and sometimes wipe out a community of certain animals.

I learned about zebra muscles in Science and had to do a report on them, Solitary. It's horrible.. they cover the entire bottom of the lakes, and cover things like boats, docks, etc. They also destroy them too, which is horrible. And I thought that Gobey's were native to the lakes?

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Re: Imported Animals

Post by soloreclipse » Thu Jun 24, 2010 8:43 pm

Yep. Imported animal populations get so high, and so familiar, we forget that they aren't native.

For example, you think the Flamingo is native to Florida? Wrong...
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Re: Imported Animals

Post by SolitaryHowl » Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:21 pm

No; Gobeys are not native to the Great Lakes.

Some 'invasive species' are not introduced on purpose. For example, the Zebra mussels came attached to boats or were sucked into the 'water ballasts' for the ships. (It's common practice to fill up the water ballasts in their home port, and then empty said ballasts in their destination port.)

But I believe somebody released a few Gobeys into one of the lakes, and they thrived.

EDIT: Examples of invasive species pictures are here: http://www.great-lakes.org/exotics.html
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Re: Imported Animals

Post by grape500 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:12 pm

Two non native british animals are the grey squirrel and the mink, both of them I think are being a problem for other animals. Grey squirrels are being a problem for red squirrels. And minks I think are a problem for water voles
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Re: Imported Animals

Post by YunaliaChan » Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:00 pm

Really? I never knew that.

Purple Loosestrife grows around my community. I find that it's pretty, but they affect plants and animals.

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Re: Imported Animals and Plants

Post by soloreclipse » Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:56 pm

Ever heard of the Kudzu? It is an Imported plant, and when they first brought it over, It was just a little plant. What could it possibly do?
How about grow super fast, covering other plants in vines of kudzu, obscuring any sunlight from other plants, and choking them off.
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Re: Imported Animals and Plants

Post by SolitaryHowl » Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:44 pm

Yes; and I believe the Asian carp infected the Great Lakes because somebody flushed a few (little ones) down the toilet. Some sewer systems lead directly to the lakes.
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Re: Imported Animals and Plants

Post by YunaliaChan » Sat Jun 26, 2010 6:56 am

I've never heard of the Kudzu, but it sounds like it does a lot of damage.

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Re: Imported Animals and Plants

Post by Kivia » Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:40 am

SolitaryHowl wrote:Yes; and I believe the Asian carp infected the Great Lakes because somebody flushed a few (little ones) down the toilet. Some sewer systems lead directly to the lakes.
Mhm; I just saw a news story the other day about how a fisherman found an Asian Carp in a lake just a few miles downstream from Lake Michigan because somehow it got through the barrier keeping them out. It could cause a lot of damage to the ecosystem there if they were to get out and start to multiply.

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Re: Imported Animals and Plants

Post by soloreclipse » Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:24 pm

The "Curly Tail Lizard" is yet another Impoted animal. It feeds on all the native straight tails, instead of bugs, as hoped.
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Re: Imported Animals and Plants

Post by redkona09 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:35 pm

My own grandma isn't helping.

She has a plant that isn't native in her front yard. A tree, that me and my family always try to talk her into getting rid of it.
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Re: Imported Animals and Plants

Post by Swift Night » Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:50 pm

studies show that non native animals are often keep as pet and once the owner can care/want them any more they let them go yet that is bad since they might reproduce faster . Florida is suffering from this we can help simply by not r let non native animals be free in the wild where there not native.
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Re: Imported Animals and Plants

Post by AutumnSolace » Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:52 am

Cane toads, rabbits and foxes are also non native animals where I live, and later on they became a pest. >: Cane toads were suppose to extinguish the Cane Beetles long ago but I guess they have their own plans to do unfortunately D:< while foxes were introduced into our country as a hunting game. Lantana has became a problem to our native plant species as well. >:| But I forgot why rabbits were introduced... again.
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