Living 50 years or longer in captivity and growing up to 15 feet long, American Alligators can be difficult pets. If released into the wild, American Alligators may not survive a winter in Wyoming, but they could pose a dangerous threat for humans and native wildlife.
Many species of python snakes are bought as pets. The Burmese Python has been released into Florida and is now causing largescale damage to the Everglades ecosystem, where they prey on a number of threatened and endangered species. The Burmese Python is native to Asia, and may grow up to 20 or more feet long and become difficult to care for.
An aquatic turtle native to southeast and south-central United States, Red-eared Sliders may live up to 42 years. Once released into ponds or lakes they may compete with native turtles and transmit diseases and parasites. Several released Red-eared Sliders have been found in Wyoming.
Photo Credits: Burmese Python, Cellistka; Red-eared Slider, Lepas; American Alligator, Liviu Toader;Burmese Python, Heiko Kiera