Lizards for Sale at Reptile Show

A baby monitor lizard (Varanus niloticus) from Africa is for sale priced at $40 at the National Reptile Expo in Dayton Beach Florida. The nasty tempered reptile is breeding in the canals surrounding Cape Coral because people have let them loose. The pet industry is largely <br />
responsible for the introduction of exotic pets into our enivornment. The US dominates both import and export in the booming reptile trade. More than 2.5 million reptiles are brought in annually. Enough are released “into the wild” when they become too large or require too much of an owners time, that feral colonies of green lizards, boa constrictors, cane toads <br />
and 32 exotic species have set up housekeeping in Florida. In turn, Florida ships out 9.5 million reptiles including 8.5 million red-eared slider turtles from the farms and swamps of Louisiana. They are exported for food sources in Asia, but are now illegal. There are few <br />
controls of what can be imported—you can buy about anything--22 of 24 species of pythons as available. Boas, crocodiles, iguanas, bird-eating spiders.

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