For exotic pets, the most popular are also most likely to be released in the wild

For exotic pets, the most popular are also most likely to be released in the wild

Among pet snakes and lizards, the biggest-selling species are also the most likely to be released by their owners -- and to potentially become invasive species, according to a new study. The study provides new clarity on how and why the exotic pet trade has become the primary venue by which reptiles and amphibians arrive in non-native lands, the first step to becoming ecologically damaging invaders.

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