Monday, March 26, 2012

Giant, nine-pound Gambian rats invading Florida Keys

Photo: Residents have said they rather get rid of the black rats first...

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.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Import some hungry cats!

Anonymous said...

No need to worry about the Gambian rats. The pythons that were released as a result of Hurricane Andrew destroying the pet shops will take of them.

Or maybe the alligators will find them more tasty than peoples' pet dogs and cats.

Director of food and beverage said...

They gotta be bad news if they come from Africa !!! They should call them the "Barack " rats!

Anonymous said...

Chicago has had those Rats for over 100 years!

Anonymous said...

I work with some 200+ pound rats myself!!!

I Voted For Obama said...

All local exotic animal breeders voted for Obama.

Anonymous said...

Just some of Trayvon's family and friends, general well-wishers, etc. ...

Anonymous said...

What is this country coming to, now we have Nigger Rats!

So Florida is using cantaloupe and peanut butter as bait to catch the rats.

Can we use water melon and peanut butter to catch and cage the niggers?

Can we use frijoles and hot sauce to catch the spic's?

Anonymous said...

So what did they do with the "Exotic breeder"? Still in prison?

Anonymous said...

Are those rats all named 'Trayvon'?

There is a Kel Tec solution to that rodent problem...

Anonymous said...

I know that rat, he's TWAT , I mean SWAT wuss who licks Chief Hillbilly walrus whales ass. Perjured testimony in front of a grand jury, false police report, case dismissed due to misconduct.

Anonymous said...

good, now the fags in key west have something else to do besides butt banging each other,

Anonymous said...

Not only are the king rats breeding and taking over the Florida Keys, the King rats have taken over the police department I work for. The PD is full of ratfucks and the Chief is a Hillbilly walrus whale ass..

Anonymous said...

Bullshit those rats are in Englewood....

Anonymous said...

niggers too