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Offline J.R.E.

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That's one big rat...
« on: March 26, 2012, 09:00:50 PM »


http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/giant-nine-pound-gambian-rats-invading-florida-keys-210522485.html

I guess those pythons need something to eat....


Giant, nine-pound Gambian rats invading Florida Keys

When it comes to giant rat infestations, New York gets all the attention.

 

But a breed of giant, Gambian rats have been rapidly reproducing in the Florida Keys despite a decade-long effort to wipe them out. KeysNet reports the invasive, African native species first began showing up between 1999-2001 after a local exotic animal breeder released eight of the rats into the wild.

"We thought we had them whipped as of 2009," said Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. "We think they have not moved far but they clearly reproduced," he said.

The rodents, officially known as the Gambian pouched rat, are the largest known breed of rats in the world. They can grow up to three feet in length and weigh as much as nine pounds. Wildlife officials fear that if the large-sized rodents make it to the Florida mainland, they could devastate local crops if they reach the Florida mainland.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been working with Florida officials to wipe out the rodents, and there are only an estimate few dozen at large, but they can reproduce quickly and do so only five months after being born. After producing a litter, the Gambian rat only has to wait another nine months before having another litter, bearing up to six babies at a time.
Officials thought they had successfully gotten rid of all of the Gambian rats back in 2008, but several of the burrowing creatures recently began showing up in the yards of local residents. "We were skeptical but went back and talked to people and [saw] there were rats that we missed," Hardin told KeysNet.

Using cantaloupe and peanut butter as bait, officials say are planning another to distribute another 200 traps in an effort to clear the keys of the Gambian rats, some of which are larger than the average house cat.

"We're going to try to trap at least that often until we see signs that we have knocked them back," Hardin said.
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Offline denb45

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Re: That's one big rat...
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 09:04:24 PM »
Oh, I must have one of those as a new pet  ;D
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Offline OneTampa

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Re: That's one big rat...
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012, 09:00:20 PM »
That rat must eat a balanced diet and has a membership at Gold's Gym

 ;D
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: That's one big rat...
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2012, 12:57:39 AM »
Now I have to worry about giant rats?  At the "in-laws" in south Florida, I've gotten a tad comfortable with the gators in the pond.  I don't go near the pond, so I don't have to worry.  But, one came up to the house one evening.  Luckily, it was still a toddler gator, but big enough to do damage.  When you walk out and get surprised by a gator, it is a little scary. 

However, I fear the wild boars more.  We always saw the huge holes in the ground they dug up at night, but never saw any piggies.  One night, I was about to open the car door when we got back to the house, and one was right outside the car.  They are huge and can do a lot of damage.  I swear it was the size of a baby elephant with huge tusks.  Evidently, they are becoming a huge problem down there.   

Offline mecch

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Re: That's one big rat...
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012, 08:50:45 AM »
Isn't that the same variety that was in the Bronx and Brooklyn?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/giant-rat-found-bronx-new-york-foot-locker_n_1190141.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/25/giant-rat-at-brooklyns-ma_n_937316.html

Gee if we had a national public works project to help the permanently unemployed, that would be a good project - help rid or control the USA of invasive species, plant and animal!

Whats up with the Kudzu - is it growing up the towers of Boston and New York yet?

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