Exotic Invasive Species

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A massive fish came soaring out of the water and crashed into your jaw as you were powerboating by the Great Lakes. Was it a shark, or the lochness monster? Nope, it was an one-hundred pound Asian Carp. Asian Carp are examples of Invasive species. Exotic invasive species share many commonalities amongst each other in their extreme ability to arrive, survive, and thrive. In order for invasive species to survive and thrive, they first need to arrive in their nonnative habitat. Asian Carp, Fire Ants, and Burmese Pythons all share the commonality in which they were all brought to the U.S. by humans. For example, “The Red Fire Ant was accidentally introduced into the United States in 1929 when a cargo ship that had used soil as a ballast arrived in Mobile, Alabama from South America.” (par. 3)Next, Unlike the accidental introduction of the Fire Ant, Asian Carp and Burmese Pythons were intentionally brought to the U.S. to sustain humans needs; Asian Carp were…show more content…
These exotics species share the commonalities in which they have no natural predators, they are not picky eaters, and adapt very quickly to their environment. First, Australian Camels, have “ no natural predators.” (par. 3) “They feed on roughly 80% of Australia’s plant species.” (par. 4) “And many camels roam in remote locations only accessible by air which makes them costly to herd for slaughter.” (par. 6).Next, these invasive species survive by reproducing in abundant amounts. For example, Asian Carp have grown up to 1800 carp per river mile. Additionally, these exotic species can adapt rapidly to their new environment. Also, they are not picky eaters, and their ravenous appetites can consume almost any other species in their habitat. In conclusion, Australian Camels, Burmese Pythons, and Asian carp have many similarities in their notorious ways of taking over their

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