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Posted by Mr. D on October 31, 2002 at 23:17:20:
In Reply to: Re: Laws Re: Green Iguanas in Australia & New Zealand? posted by jamina on October 31, 2002 at 18:17:51:
Someone correct me as my references are most likely off here.... Hawaii's concern stems from an ecological standpoint. The balance is so precarious there that any introduction of non-native species could easily and permanently disrupt the current balance. Hence the harsh penalties for iguanas, etc...
If I'm not mistaken, and I may be, Guam is an excellent example of ecological engineering gone bad. I believe it started with an insect problem in which a species of frog was brought in to eradicate. Frogs settled in and propigated, suddenly you have a plague of "alien" frogs with no natural predators. I believe the Brown snake was brought in to help control the frog population and now the same problem has occured with the snakes.... WHere does the problem end?
Whether I have the location and circumstances correct or not isn't the issue. The issue is that a scenario such as the one described could easily happen anywhere in the world that foreign species of animal are introduced - intentionally or not. Bear in mind that Florida now has breeding populations of green iguanas as well as species of non-native constrictors, crocs and caimen.