Pets You Should NEVER Release In The Wild!

From Giant Goldfish to cute chameleons, here
are 10 pets you should never release into the wild… 10. Green Iguanas Iguanas are a popular pet for collectors of
exotic animals because of how cute they look and supposedly they are easy to take care
of. Unfortunately the idea that they are simple
to look after was likely spread by those who sell them, because they actually need a strict
environment and diet to survive. They can also be difficult to tame and handle,
especially when they are fully grown, and this has led to a large number being released
into the wild. They are naturally from central and south
America, and thrive in warm environments. This has meant that those released in similar
climates, such as those found in parts of California, Florida and Hawaii, have thrived
and begun to breed. This has been detrimental to the local ecosystems
where they compete with native species for food, and will prey on species that haven’t
adapted to deal with these kind of threats. As a result, Iguanas are illegal to own in
Hawaii because of the potential devastation and havoc they can cause on the islands. In Florida, the populations of feral iguanas
have caused extensive damage to vegetation and local wildlife, so if you do decide to
get one please be a responsible owner and don’t release them into the wild!. 9. Cuban Tree Frog These cute frogs are a favorite of exotic
species collectors, but the Cuban Tree Frog is causing serious issues across Florida. They are quite difficult to identify among
other frog species, something that is made even more difficult by the way that they can
change color. They are originally native to Cuba, the Bahamas,
and the Cayman Islands, and are thought to have been first introduced to Florida in the
1920’s. It’s the recent popularity of keeping them
as pets, though, that has led to an explosion in their numbers in the wild as a result of
collectors releasing them. Cuban Tree Frogs are an aggressive species
that feed on at least five different species of native Floridian frogs, as well lizards,
small snakes and tadpoles. They are also able to survive in urban areas,
and will take over birdhouses, ponds and birdbaths where they lay their eggs. They have been responsible for massive changes
in the ecosystem, and have even been known to affect humans by causing power outages?? They are a danger to environments where they
aren’t native, and so must not be released under any circumstances. 8. Rabbits Rabbits are another incredibly popular pet
for owners around the world, but when they are released into non-native environments
they can cause serious damage. The best example of this is in Australia where
they were released for hunting in 1859. Only 24 were set free, but by 1920 there were
an estimated 10 billion across the country. There have been numerous attempts to curb
the population growth, but with their speed of breeding, ability to feed on most vegetation,
and overall resilience, rabbits still roam Australia in huge numbers and pose a threat
to many of the natural species like the bilby and burrowing bettong by taking over their
burrows. 7. Goldfish/Carp They may seem harmless enough, and are a popular
pet for adults and children alike around the world, but releasing your pet fish into the
wild can have disastrous consequences for your local environment. Nowhere has this effect been seen more clearly
than in Australia where the problem has gotten out of hand. Notorious for their strict rules on bio-containment,
it’s why Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got in trouble for allegedly sneaking in their
dogs. The Australians have good reason for being
that way. In 2016 researchers from the Murdoch University
in Perth caught goldfish that weighed up to 2kg and were up to 30 centimeters long. These large animals are thought to have descended
from a small variety that were being kept as pets and released into the wild a few years
before. By feeding on more food and disrupting the
ecosystems, these fish can spread and cause significant damage by killing off all the
native species. Goldfish the size of dinner plates have also
been found in Alberta, Canada, and have led to fines of $100,000 dollars to those that
release non-native species into the wild. Angler Raphael Biagini captured a legendary
“giant goldfish” out of a lake in the south of France. Fellow fishermen had spent 6 years trying
to capture this orange koi carp weighing 30lbs. The only way this fish ended up in the lake,
was because someone was trying to get rid of it. 6. Red Eared Slider Turtle The red eared slider turtle is the most common
species of pet turtle in the United States. It’s native to the southern US and Northern
Mexico, but as a non-native species in other areas it has caused havoc in waterways across
the country as a result of owners releasing them into the wild. The International Union for Conservation of
Nature has designated this species as one of the world’s 100 most invasive species. There are two reasons for this, first because
of the diseases they carry, and second because of their temperament. The turtles can carry salmonella bacteria,
which is potentially dangerous to humans and other species in the wild, and their aggressive
behavior means that they either kill or scare off other turtles from the environment so
they can take over. This has been happening in the state of Washington,
for example, where the numbers of pacific pond turtles have been significantly declining. As the most popular turtle to be kept as a
pet, red eared sliders are released in large quantities every year by owners who aren’t
able to take care of them as they get bigger or just get bored. This is the species that provided the basis
for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who were all red eared sliders that had been set free
into the New York sewers. 5. Chameleons Chameleons are beautiful and unusual, cute
creatures, so it comes as no surprise that they are a popular choice for a pet. What’s not to love? They aren’t suitable for beginner owners,
though, and many people end up regretting getting them. They have very specific living and dietary
requirements, and are not really happy being petted or handled really. A lot of people don’t know what they are
getting themselves into, or why their chameleon doesn’t love them back, so a lot of people
just let them go fend for themselves. Depending on where they live, like other animals,
they can prove to be really dangerous for the local wildlife. Veiled Chameleons have proved to be a particular
problem in Hawaii and Florida (here we go again!). They originally come from Saudi Arabia and
Yemen, so fit in well with the climate, and the humidity doesn’t seem to bother them
at all! They easily blend in with the background so
they have become a highly invasive species. They are also able to adapt their diet and
habitat depending on what becomes available, and lay up to 270 eggs per year so rapidly
increase in numbers. The Floridian veiled chameleons that have
descended from released pets are spreading across the state into the everglades and causing
serious issues. This has led to the introduction of amnesty
days where residents can hand in their unwanted pets, but in Hawaii it is totally illegal
to own one, with perpetrators risking fines of up to $200,000. 4. Hermit Crabs Hermit Crabs are often seen for sale on beach
boardwalks with painted shells to attract customers, but keeping them as pets is extremely
unfair to the creatures. In the wild they can live for up to 30 years,
but in captivity they rarely survive more than a year because of the chemicals they
have been painted with, and lack of proper food being fed to them. They struggle to breathe in a tank and, being
such sociable animals, the fact they are often kept alone makes their existence pretty miserable. With this said, you shouldn’t release your
captive crabs into the wild either. They would be very unlikely to survive because
they live in very particular environments and would have very little chance of meeting
up with a colony that they would need to survive. There’s also the chance that the crab you
have will carry bacteria and infections from the tank or area that they were captured;
something the local wildlife near you may not be able to deal with. There’s a strong possibility that releasing
a hermit crab into the wild could cause widespread illness to the entire ecosystem. The best solution, avoid getting a hermit
crab! 3. Giant African Land Snails Giant African Land Snails are a delicacy in
parts of Africa, but are actually illegal in the United States because of how destructive
they can be to the natural environment. They are first thought to have been brought
to the country as pets in 1966 when a young boy brought three to Miami. His grandmother released them into their garden
when they became unable to care for them, and within seven years the population had
risen to over 18,000. It took the state of Florida over 10 years
to get rid of them, at a cost of over a million dollars. Even so, they are still around are every now
and then there is a snail outbreak. They are already a prevalent pest across Hawaii
and the Caribbean, and authorities frequently are called in to deal with outbreaks. 67 live snails were confiscated by customs
officials in LA in 2014 alone. The reason they are so terrible is because
of their destructive nature. They breed fast and have a huge appetite. Each one weighs more than a pound and can
grow up to 8 inches long. They happily eat over 500 different types
of agricultural crops, and also carry a nasty parasite called rat lungworm that has been
known to transmit meningitis to people and pets. They can lay up to 1,200 eggs per year, and
they have no natural predators to control their numbers. Besides the stucco homes, especially in Florida,
actually helps them to get calcium to harden their shells and be even tougher! While it is possible to eradicate the snails
once they have spread, it’s a costly endeavor. Preventing their release is a far better option,
and the continued efforts will hopefully keep this pest from taking over the world! 2. Red Lionfish They are truly unique fish, and were even
featured in Captain Picard’s aquarium in Star Trek, but the Fish and Wildlife service
has seen the Red Lionfish as a threat to saltwater fish around Florida since the 1980’s. They originate from the Indo-Pacific region,
but are now found across the Caribbean and eastern coast of the United States. It’s thought this spread first began because
of the accidental release of six fish in 1992, and subsequently numerous aquarium enthusiasts
who can’t look after them anymore decide to let them go in the ocean. These fish are carnivores, so happily feed
on small crustaceans and fish in their new environment. They have large appetites, and will consume
dozens of creatures in one feeding; drastically reducing numbers of other species. Part of their resilience is due to the fact
that they have venomous spines, which also makes them dangerous to humans and mean they
have no natural predators. Every new Lionfish that is released into a
marine environment adds to this problem, so it’s vital that if you have a Lionfish you
no longer want to try to find a new owner to adopt it. Setting it free just unleashes a whole chain
of events you may not even realize. 1. Snakes The release of pet snakes into the wild has
become a major problem across the United States. With people’s increasing interest in keeping
exotic, non-native species, the effects of irresponsible owners releasing them in the
wid is clear to see, especially across the Florida everglades. When you first get a snake it can be pretty
easy to look after, but they soon grow much larger and can prove to be very difficult
for owners. Quite often they’ll feel like they are doing
their pet a favor by releasing it, instead of keeping it cooped up in a bathtub or something. But they are actually putting their pet in
danger as well as the natural species that already live there. Scientists are concerned about the prevalence
of 9 different species across the U.S. that put over 150 other species at risk. Southern Florida, for example, is being overrun
by tens of thousands of Burmese Pythons that eat virtually all birds and mammals in the
area. They are even able to attack humans, but luckily
these events are very rare. The warm climate of Florida means that the
Burmese Pythons have been able to establish breeding populations in the wild, and so have
boa constrictors and African Pythons. Once they have taken hold, there’s very
little that can be done to remove them, so it’s vital that people stop releasing them
in the first place if we want the native species to have a chance at survival. Have any crazy stories of finding former pets
in the wild? Let us know in the comments below! Remember to subscribe and see you next time!

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100 Responses

  1. Origins Explained says:

    Ya en ESPAÑOL!! This video now available in SPANISH!!

  2. Cygnus Star-Scream says:

    Alligators in the sewer. Baby gators used to be sold on the back cover of comic books in the 1950s-1960s for $1.95.

  3. Taemeister says:

    10 million rabbits = 10 million delicious meals

  4. THAИK MΞMΞS says:

    Someone: I’m letting my gold fish into this lake


  5. Andre Mills says:

    Stop clapping at florida…..if you dont know anything about the Everglades…..shut up

  6. LaylaMelodie Music says:

    Moral of this video: never move to Florida or Hawaii

  7. astrophysicist wannabe says:

    Be being Saudi not knowing that chameleons are a native creature here

  8. Paolo Habelito says:

    9:20 how to write twelve hundred in numeral?

  9. joel castro says:

    i found my pet bearded dragon outside in the wild when i was going to college, she was a tiny baby, she was over six years old when i gave here away. this was in ontario canada

  10. joelouis321 says:

    is Florida ground zero for invasive species? Or is this channel just based there.

  11. ご利益 GORIYAKU says:

    Nice! You can see 15yo lucky goldfish here!

  12. know thyself says:

    Soo cute

  13. Joe joe says:

    I thought it was weird visiting Florida and seeing so many iguanas.

  14. Kalaria Mattison says:

    COME ON FLORIDA YALL HAVENT LEARNED YET this is why i dont wanna go there

  15. JessicaWhite says:

    That was Bucky

  16. Mega 0rb says:

    1:20 why the heck did you show that

  17. Andy Lee says:

    So basically, Invasive Species.

  18. Boba _Tea’zZ says:

    Easy answer: Don’t let any pets into the wild because they will disrupt the environment and fight for food.

  19. Daniel Iswara says:

    Im sad

  20. draco says:

    3:18 wtf is that picture

  21. macdaddy mandalorian says:

    Snakes should be illegal to be kept as pets everywhere

  22. Gal Fleming says:

    I went out for a curry Saturday night & released a monster into my toilet Sunday morning.

  23. Gal Fleming says:

    I released a 'snake' into my girlfriend 9 months ago & last Saturday she released a shitting blob into my house.

  24. Kazuma Kazuma says:

    There's a lot of that snail here in my country never thought that you can actually eat it.

  25. Heather Heuermann says:

    I found 7 abandoned rabbits the other week near a trail caught them all and now trying to find new homes. They were clearly abused and the breeds were recently sold at a local store so basically some kids baby bunnies werent bunnies anymore. Went from 9-23 rabbits in a day I hope to find homes for the rest of them soon. And i hope the last female doesnt have many babies.

  26. leyenda61 says:

    Rabbits breed like… rabbits

  27. Back to the Basics 101 says:

    In our local lake here in North Dakota a man caught a fruit parana. Which had grown actually quite large

  28. Benita Malcom says:


  29. TheNuclearBros says:

    I released my pet Russian……. He accidentally caused Chernobyl

  30. Micearemoose says:

    I had a pet turtle and he kept in in a box in my dad's greenhouse but it got away, it was a baby box turtle

  31. Babs De Winter says:

    You soud never release Any animal

  32. I am a champion u says:

    flordia the the invasive specic stat

  33. GirlLearning TheWorld says:

    Truly terrified about how many snakes are ruining the Florida Everglades echo system.. I saw this might happen in Louisiana as well.

  34. Ray Terrel says:

    In my area there is a yellow bird unsure of how it came to be in the wild looks like a Canary

  35. Mariano Abundiz says:

    Random cutoff at the land snail…

  36. Mike Fisher says:

    Rabbits are extremely harmful to the environment of Australia but large monitor lizards like parentheses and other predators are actually benefiting from a new food source which also takes the pressure off of the native animals that the predators hunt💯

  37. C A says:

    What "pet" would you release into the wild, period? Lol

  38. Lilian Žunić says:

    i used to have 2 bunnies😢now i have 5 😊

  39. TheMGhandi says:

    In short: if you're homeless, don't live in florida.

  40. Deon Anders says:

    Frog gotta mustache

  41. Matt Weller says:

    Did you forget snakeheads? The most dangerous invasive species to ecosystems in the world?

  42. Guardian Of the traveler says:

    Weird teethed frog lol 😂 1:30

  43. richard hare says:

    Sadly some people try to have native species as pets as well like the box turtle witch is endangered so when a friend of mine was given one she put it back in the wild where there were some others.

  44. spooky savanah says:

    1:30 😂😂😂

  45. QueenBee says:

    Why don’t we do this, lEaVe ThEm AlOne!

  46. Meadow Gailer says:

    Has anyone eaten a goldfish?

  47. JC Serpents says:

    New drinking game: each time the narrator says “wild” take a shot 😂

  48. GarGus says:

    why not release them back in the wild? they came from the wild :>

  49. Colleen says:

    things you should never photoshop because its too obvious & youve just globally insulted your own intelligence

  50. Ana Uribe says:

    should pass a law people cant not have the animals.

  51. Alex Ligma says:

    Call Lisa elephant and a giraffe in California

  52. The Carp Man says:

  53. The Carp Man says:

    Great vid! Check my latest video out also #thecarpman

  54. Pewdiedpie Tv says:

    Hmm did pets came from nature hmmm……

  55. Gerry Smith says:

    Humans should not live in space due not being able not to breath…aliens would rather abduct and put us in cages….and the frog with teeth should floss

  56. Aldo Rosado says:

  57. James Waters says:

    It seems if people were aloud to keep native species, if they got lose it wouldnt be a problem. Duh

  58. Grindcore Gremlin says:

    Talk faster!

  59. Bros Channel says:

    Peta: am I a joke to you

  60. John and Jane Smith says:

    These ads are driving me insane

  61. Nate G says:

    Take it from me, the only species more invasive and aggressive than the Cuban tree frog is the Cuban mother-in-law.

  62. S K U L L says:

    Pfffff green iguanas are easy to take care of i have 7

  63. Path Finder says:

    Animal lovers refuse to put down their pets, so they release them into the wild.

    Only to cause tons of harm to a greater number of animals and their ecosystems.

  64. Snakelad123 Jones says:

    You should never release any pet onto the wild

  65. CoolGuest HD says:

    i have a pet hermit crab and im not releasing it into the wild

  66. spider zilla 6 6 6 says:

    i own red sliders

  67. spider zilla 6 6 6 says:


  68. spider zilla 6 6 6 says:

    why are ferrets not on the list here in nz they are straight out killers

  69. Mylee Sedillo says:

    This does not make santesh

  70. Chue Xiong says:

    Why are people so dumb

  71. Farah 360 says:

    Who else came here for the magickarp in the miniature

  72. fossa palooza says:

    If you shouldn't release them, sell them to another people then

  73. Bere Sotelo says:

    What if the pet likes the wild ever though of that

  74. Ice But Hot says:

    thank you for making this! i've been trying to prove my stubborn friend that non native rabbits are bad!

  75. DayBreak The Lightwing says:

    None. U should keep your pets.

  76. Withilya Ilya says:

    I’ve seen many rabbits near the Murray in Australia.

  77. Withilya Ilya says:

    We gotta fix up Australia.

  78. Jojo Franklin says:


  79. Murkem Bih says:

    I tossed my ex girlfriend in the wild and I'm quite sure she out grew her shell and devoured a couple of innocent guys 😪….

  80. dj ratly Ratly says:


  81. izzywolflover says:

    I've seen pet rabbits that have been set loose

  82. Los Be Beast says:

    Floridians, always responsible for dumb stuff

  83. Ellen Calabrese says:

    People need to stop letting these turtles n lizards and fish into the envirement

  84. Ellen Calabrese says:

    Lionfish are wrecking the ecosystem

  85. Adrian Jimenez says:

    My uncle's goldfish grew big in like 1 week and he sayed he can't clean the tank so you can have them or I throw them in the pound then I was like I want them and my dad sayed no they will eat your goldfish and they didint

  86. R.S. La'Point says:

    Hammers is the best thing to do with all these non pets.

  87. Moth Command says:

    I found a tarantula in Wisconsin

  88. EloquentTroll says:

    Don't release chameleons into the wild.

    Do you want Deathclaws?
    That's how you get Deathclaws.

  89. oEntity says:

    This video can be summarized by saying “don’t release any pets idiots”

  90. Blood Cotton Candy says:

    How this is an issue is ridiculous. What do these people think with? Their assets?

  91. Miguel Kotch says:

    I think you Americans are afraid of anything always complaining about anything. Also human invetion if not ask Trump

  92. dragon water says:

    So basically a bunch of coward decided to have a pet got bore or broke released them to the will with out a second thought of the damage and people wonder why I lose faith in humanity every dam time

  93. Mayank Singh says:

    Iguanas look like dicks

  94. Fire eater 9107 says:

    And number 1 is: YOUR KIDS!!

  95. bobby husky Male says:

    farel cat yeah

  96. Jamie C says:

    I have a hermit crab I had him for 3 years he loves being alone and I don't know why I had three roommates but they died and I don't know why I do everything right I clean the cage I had extra shells for them just in case if they are changing but no I found them everyday I found someone of days that they are out of the shell and I don't know why and then if my big one is still alive to this day

  97. OML ! says:

    What abt my pacman frog

  98. BugleBoy400 says:

    AAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 30 centimetre goldfish !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lock up your children !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Seriously, if you can not narrate your own clips, at least use another human to do it for you !

  99. Advanced Twig says:

    Or pets in general because they won't be able to get food

  100. Joey Kammerer says:

    When I was 10 my mom was left to watch my pet hermit crab for 2 minutes when i got back he was gone. 5 months later the neighbours (6 houses down) found him in their garden just chillin and eatin carrots when they gave him back to us he was 3 times his previous size and much brighter and faster. He somehow managed to find a new shell this was back when we lived in Washington (state) so I wonder how he didnt to freeze to death he was a truly magical crab. rip little dude

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