Invasive, but relaxed
The pet market has made many exotic species available to enthusiastic
animal lovers with different not-always-positive consequences for the concerned species and for our environment.
In some occasions an excessive hunt of wild species has endangered their survival, in other cases the missing know-how in the maintenance and care of animals which have a high demand in their conditions for wellbeing has led to their death or in many cases to them being exposed in the wild.
A good example for this mismanagement are the American water turtles of the Graphtemys and Pseudemys families among others. They grow much faster as expected and the tiny cute turtle soon becomes a big monster which needs bigger and bigger terraria. They are often freed in a nearby pond, lake or river where they compete with the two European indigenous turtles and may become a plague which is practically impossible to control.
The guy on the pic doesn't know it's a trouble-maker or an invasive species and therefore enjoys more than relaxed the Spanish sun, so similar to the one in Florida, home-sweet-home..
Photo credits: Joan Egert.