Monday, May 02, 2005

Best Import for Terrier Work

The Florida Keys, already dealing with invasive exotics from melaleuca to iguanas, have added another to the list of unwanted newcomers: the African Gambian pouch rat. The rat can grow to a weight of 3 to 8 pounds, and is now found in the wild on Grassy Key. The rats are omnivores and could end up being major predators of birds eggs, and if the rat makes it to the Everglades, there will be no stopping it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those hoping to hunt rats in the keys with terriers would do well to get to know another intruder down there.

These fellow, Bufo toads, are spreading up the coast of florida and have now passed the Palm Beaches. The are a real danger to dogs in Florida.