Hundreds of millions of exotic pets are sold legally in markets worldwide. As this market grows, so too does the risk that it results in vertebrate invasions, often from species originally imported as household and aquarium pets. Invasive vertebrates are known to cause substantial economic and ecological harm, yet the links between pet trade volume and the introduction of invasive vertebrates are not well known. This Pursuit will explore the risk of vertebrate invasions from the exotic pet trade in the US by synthesizing existing data on vertebrate species import volume with data on the US pet trade. As a tool to aid in policy formulation, participants will also synthesize existing quantitative models that link exotic pet trade volume to invasion risk so that these models better capture the role of human behavior, economics, and population biology.
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|Pet problems: Biological and economic factors that influence the release of alien reptiles and amphibians by pet owners||
Aug 21, 2018
Article published in Journal of Applied Ecology.
|When pets become pests: the role of the exotic pet trade in producing invasive vertebrate animals||
Jun 03, 2019
Article published in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
|The International Vertebrate Pet Trade Network and Insights from US Imports of Exotic Pets||
Jun 09, 2021
Article published in BioScience.