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Cat-Sized African Rats Survive in Florida

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Gambian pouch rats have been found in Florida's Grassy Key despite efforts to eradicate them. Officials worry that the voracious rats, which grow to nine pounds, might wipe out some crops and upset the delicate ecological balance if they manage to reach

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Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Monday March 26, 2012, 2:18 pm
All invasive species are so dangerous to the native flora and fauna.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Monday March 26, 2012, 2:23 pm
i do not know but i think all the species danerouse or not have right to live!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vallee R (280)
Monday March 26, 2012, 2:27 pm
Glad I don't live in Florida.

Alex Guppy (0)
Monday March 26, 2012, 2:41 pm
They shouldnt be killed Its best to look over any possible soluton besides killing them they are trying to survive like we are

Ann B (60)
Monday March 26, 2012, 8:54 pm
Can they relocate them? I don't believe in killing any animal.

Diana P (12)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 9:20 am
They grow giant everything in FL. Snakes not indigenous to FL, ROACHES you can put a saddle on and ride off into the sunset. Now rats the size of cats. I am so glad all I have to deal with in AZ is the heat.

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 11:49 am
haha, I think they are cute :) they look like big hamsters

Tracy G (3)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 2:29 pm
They could be trapped and fed to the giant invasive breeds of snakes in the Everglades, then kill the snakes b'c 15 foot long snakes are just nasty.

(only teasing... hopefully there will be a nonviolent answer to this problem.)

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 5:30 pm
thanks Agnes, hope they can take care of the problem in a humane manner

Kate Kenner (215)
Tuesday March 27, 2012, 5:41 pm
I have no problem with rats as long as they stay out of my house. They are smart and actually quite cute.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 12:51 am
Thanks for the post.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 3:21 am

janet f (29)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 4:51 am
Who the hell smuggled rats in from Africa? This is awful for indigenous species. Humans have been trying to kill off rats for forever and haven't figured it out yet.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 6:10 am
Rats have the right to life just like everyone else!

Cathy P (97)
Wednesday March 28, 2012, 9:16 am
I love rats, these guys look like really cool animals. I sure do wish they haden't been introduced like this. I live in Florida and we keep being affected by species that don't belong here, and they didn't migrate themselves. Irresponsible people reek such havok on these poor creatures. Trouble for all, us, them and the ecosystems they will impact. I bet they don't cause any harm when compared to the iguanas, feral cats and big snakes. These problems are HUGE!

Carol H (229)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 6:47 pm
noted, thank you Agnes
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