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Re: NFC: Re: Auctions OT
The truly ironic part? Invasive bullfrogs may actually be caused by
environmental protection laws! Most states have laws forbidding the sale
of native species, to protect species from over exploitation. As such,
fish farms in Florida farm litterally millions of bullfrog tadpoles for
shipment to other states each year. Wellllllll.... most of these get sold
to be put in backyard ponds. Some get sold to be put in tanks. Guess
what happens to those frogs that form in backyard ponds? Finding the pond
an unsuitable habitat, they hop away. Those that are put in fish tanks,
turn into frogs, and helpless mothers with good intentions release them
into the nearest stream or pond. Guess what happens from there? Yet, if
it were legal to sell native tadpoles (99.99% of which won't make it to be
frogs, anyhow) we wouldn't be facing this problem. A nd, although
populations would be damaged in the short run, people would soon realise
that its much more economical to have a pond full of tadpoles than to try
to collect them somewhere. :)
In Maryland, its illegal to sell anything but Red Eared Sliders, for the
common "Turtle" sold at the pet store. Painted Turtles are strictly
offlimits (although, I think the Western Painted is okay.) Welp, at the
nearby C&O canal, Red Ears abound, and can be easily collected. They're
not native. ALthough I doubt very much so that they've yet had any
environmental impact, its just one more introduced species that shouldn't
Joshua L. Wiegert
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On Fri, 27 Jul 2001, mcclurg luke e wrote:
> Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2001 16:27:07 -0500 (CDT)
> From: mcclurg luke e <mcclurgl at washburn_edu>
> Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
> To: nfc at actwin_com
> Subject: Re: NFC: Re: Auctions OT
> Imported Bullfrogs are especially a nuisance in many areas of not only
> this country but others as well. Not to mention the infamous Cane Toad,
> which is taking over in parts of Australia and destroying local species.
> On Fri, 27 Jul 2001, Wright Huntley wrote:
> > David Strickler wrote:
> > >
> > > Although I'm not necessarily for adding herps to the NFC either, what the
> > > h*ll do herps do to cause problems?!!
> > They eat the eggs and babies, if not the adult native fish.
> > Wright
> > >
> > > Wright Huntley wrote:
> > >
> > > > I join the side against adding herps to our charter/activities.
> > > >
> > > > They are a major source of problems in some of our western habitats, so
> > > > promoting certain frogs and turtles would be even less popular than
> > > > promoting distribution of damnbusia into native waters. :-) I think the
> > > > potential for conflict is evident.
> > > >
> > > > Wright
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntley1 at home_com
> > > >
> > > > In retrospect it becomes clear that hindsight is definitely overrated.
> > > >
> > > > http://environmental.networkroom.com/
> > --
> > Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntley1 at home_com
> > In retrospect it becomes clear that hindsight is definitely overrated.
> > http://environmental.networkroom.com/