Invasive Animals

Addax

Addax nasomaculatus

The addax is a desert-living antelope and is well adapted to its harsh habitat. It feeds on desert grasses and scrub. It travels great distances over the Sahara Desert searching for sparse vegetation. It is the most desert-adapted of the antelopes. It spends most of its life without drinking water, receiving enough moisture to survive from the vegetation on which it feeds. 

African clawed toad

Xenopus laevis

The African clawed frog is a species of African aquatic frog. They are voracious predators and easily adapt to many habitats. They have been shown to devastate native populations of frogs and other creatures by eating their young.

Alligator snapping turtle

Macrochelys temminckii

The alligator snapping turtle is one of the largest freshwater turtles in the world.  It’s a carnivore that feeds primarily on fish, smaller turtles, crayfish, and mollusks (mussels and snails), but occasionally eats juvenile alligators, small mammals, ducks, amphibians, carrion, fruit, and acorns. 

Amethystine python

Morelia amethystine

Amethistina python is a non-venomous snake, killing its prey by constriction after grabbing it in its jaws or with its body. It’s Australia’s largest snake, growing to lengths of 8.5 metres, but more commonly 3.5-7.5 metres.  

Amphibious pond snail

Lymnaea columella

An air-breathing snail with an operculum (horny plat on the foot used to close the shell). The shell is up to 16mm long and coiled to the right. It is dark brown in colour, with a reticulate sculpture pattern. This aquatic snail carries various pathogens and may be detrimental to indigenous aquatic species.

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