Invasive alien species used as pets

Do you know the animals listed in the catalog of invasive alien species and used occasionally or mainly as pets? We share information that may be of interest to you.

The global trade in alien species has become the third threat to global biodiversity conservation and, not only that, both the extraction from its environment and the accidental or intentional release of said animal -or plant- into a space that is not its own. causes many extinctions of native species.

Therefore, it is essential that when looking for a pet, responsible both in the choice and in the care of it. We cannot only choose an animal because it is beautiful when it is small, we must take into account its needs (food, hygiene, space…), its development and its size in adulthood, etc I know that in an online or physical pet store you can find everything you need to take care of our pets, but you must also take into account the regulations and you must know what are the steps for the communication of the possession and possession of invasive alien species on the basis of the law.


What if you have an exotic pet?

For example, the Government of Aragon states that in mammals it is mandatory to complete the responsible declaration and attach a generic and detailed photo of the animal. In turn, in the event that the animal weighs more than 350 grams or is more than 20 cm long, a microchip must be placed on the left part of the neck and registered in the RIACA. It depends on what type of exotic pet you are talking about, it will require a microchip or not.

Next, I share the latest list of animals included in the catalog of invasive alien species used occasionally or mainly as pets. In brackets is the species:

Invasive Alien Species – Invertebrates

Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica)

Apple and other snails (Family Ampullariidae)

Slimy snail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum)

Trumpet snail (Melanoides tuberculatus)

Long-tailed Triops, long-tailed turtle, dinosaur shrimp (Triops longicaudatus)

Invasive Alien Species – Fish

Snakehead (Channa spp.)

Pig (Australoheros facetus = Herychtys facetum)

Scorpionfish or lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Invasive Alien Species – Amphibians and Reptiles

Sea toad (Bufo marinus)

Asian common toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)

Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeiana)

African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis)

Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta)

American or Florida slider (Trachemys scripta)

Savanna monitor or African terrestrial monitor (Varanus exanthematicus)

Peninsular Tortoise (Pseudemys Peninsularis)

Royal python (Python regius)

Invasive Alien Species – Birds

Minas (Acridotheres spp.)

Red Bengali (Amandava amandava)

Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)

Coral beaks (Estrilda spp.)

Yellow weaver (Euplectes spp.)

Japanese nightingale (Leiothrix lutea)

Argentinian parrot (Myiopsitta monachus)

Cinnamon duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

Black-headed weaver (Ploceus spp.)

Kaffir Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

Orpheus bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)

Kramer’s Parrot (Psittacula krameri)

Common Quelea (Quelea quelea)

Red-gray Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea)

Invasive Alien Species – Mammals

African pygmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris)

Lesser Asian mongoose (Herpestes javanicus)

Egyptian or long-eared hedgehog (Hemiechinus auritus)

American mink (Mustela (Neovison) mink)

Nutria (Myocastor coypus)

Nasua or coati (Nasua spp.)

Raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)

Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

Squirrels, except the native red squirrel (family Sciuridae, except Sciurus vulgaris)

Vietnamese pig (Sus scrofa var. Domestica Vietnamese breed)

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Government of Aragon

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