2014-04-27. A variety of California kingsnake is wreaking havoc in Canary Islands.

posted May 6, 2014, 3:51 PM by Alan Gould

For GSS Ecosystem Change chapter 6. Excerpt: An albino variety of California kingsnake popular in the pet trade has infested the Canary Islands, decimating native bird, mammal and lizard species that have had no time to evolve evasive patterns in what was once a stable ecology northwest of Africa. ...Canary Island biologists fear that the snakes may be nibbling three native species of gecko, skink and giant lizard into extinction. ..."Most control programs for invasive reptiles are initiated long after the problem has gotten out of hand," Reed said. "Unfortunately, this sort of thing will probably become more common as international borders fall, incomes rise and more people get interested in owning exotic pets."...  http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-kingsnake-20140428,0,2901782.story#ixzz30yhbHq5B.  By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times.