“Why is it that it is not native to Korea?”… Rare black kingsnake discovered in Seoul

Black kingsnake is a rare species that does not occur in Korea메이저놀이터.

Last August, one black kingsnake was discovered each at Gangnam Express Bus Terminal in Seoul and a villa-dense area in Gwangjin-gu, causing shock.

Recently, as the pet market has grown and cross-border animal trade has increased, the number of households raising rare pets is also increasing.

Therefore, the number of cases of rare exotic creatures being discovered among rescued wild animals has been increasing recently.

However, as the number of cases of abandonment of rare species increases, concerns are being raised about ecological disturbance or the spread of infectious diseases.

According to data submitted by Representative Lim Ja of the National Assembly Environment and Labor Committee from the Ministry of Environment today (2nd), the number of animals rescued from the wild over the past six years has doubled in six years to 101,195.

Six years ago, in 2017, 9,830 animals were rescued in one year, and the number gradually increased, with 20,161 animals rescued last year.

This year, 12,821 animals were rescued as of August.

The number of rescued animal species also increased significantly from 259 species in 2017 to 317 species last year.

Over the past five years, 20 invasive species have been identified for the first time in Korea’s natural environment.

Eleven species of insects, four species of reptiles, and one species each of arachnids, fish, mammals, gastropods, and crayfish were confirmed.

These invasive species are mainly found in residential parks and apartment complexes.

A striped California kingsnake appeared last year, and rare species such as bearded dragons and Sudanese plate lizards appeared every year in 2021, and savannah monitor lizards in 2020.

Accordingly, Rep. Lim said, “There is a concern that curiosity about breeding rare species may lead to threats to the domestic ecosystem,” and explained, “We need to prepare countermeasures by strengthening crackdowns and sanctions on illegal abandonment and researching the ecological impact of exotic species.”

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