The Evilest Organisms in the valley

The duo of deception

Introduction

An invasive species is a species that did not originate in a certain area and may have not adapted or have caused damage to the ecosystem. These things come to be from travel between countries causing organisms to harm different ecosystems. People may not care much and often these species fly below the radar but today I will be bringing some of these species out of hiding. The reason I am doing this is because they severely damage different ecosystems by taking up all there different resources that the native species need to survive. The invasive species I will be introducing to you are the red eared slider turtle and purple loosestrife. Get ready or the facts.

The Impact

These no good organisms have thrown of balance through their aggression they have put themselves higher up the chain leaving the predators less to eat and leaving the prey in dwindling numbers. They quickly take over space and leave nowhere else for other species to go. They are the predator where there already was one.
Plants To Know: Purple Loosestrife
Red Sliders, an invasive species

Hideouts

These famous criminals have to have some place to lay low till the heat blows over and after using advanced tracking technology the RCMP now know where to find these organisms. The purple loosestrife survives along roads in the ditches beside them as well it is found in some swamps and ponds. The red eared slider will be found basking on a log in a pond or swamp. Pin pointed G.P.S coordinates are not available but they are found throughout the valley. If anyone does however make a sighting of one of these species please go to the website listed below and click report sighting.

Origin

Red Eared Slider Turtle

It all began in 1900 when the turtle was commonly sold on the flea market and other cheap locations. In the 1950's people were farming the turtles and most ended up as food in foreign countries as well they started out on the pet market. By the time the 1960's came up the turtles were for sale in B.C. They got into our swamplands and creeks when people would become to careless to care for their pet turtle and then they would dump them out into the creeks.

Purple Loosestrife

It came from Europe and was accidentally introduced in eastern Canada/U.SA in the water ballast of a ship. Also it was introduced for the medicine value not by accident. Later on it showed great appeal to gardeners as an ornamental plant and began being distributed across the land. Another great reason they spread is because it had great appeal to beekeepers as it created a higher quality of honey. In 1916 the first purple loosestrife was planted in B.C in a Port Alberni garden.

The Crimes That They Commit

Purple Loostrife A.K.A Lythrum salicaria. This killer is unwanted for its crimes against native swamp plants as it has been choking them and using up all there space and light and nutrient sources. They continue to spread and push native plants out of their common habitat. Red Eared Slider Turtle A.K.A Trechemys scripta. This slow killer is very aggressive and is a tough fight. After being abandoned these turtles have been out competing the local turtles such as the western painted turtle. They take up their habitat food and and tanning space.

The Reproduction and Spread

Purple Loosestrife

This plant easily spreads and reproduces as only one plant of the species can create up to 2.7 million seeds in its life time. These seeds can fly all over and get stuck on things like boats leading them into a different region or swamp. Also they spread because of ditches on the side of the road. Have you ever seen strange plants flourishing in some bushes when your driving home next time take a closer look because that may be our killer. The reason it spreads in the ditch is because it gives a straight pathway from one swamp to the next where it can take the life of more victims.

Red Eared Slider Turtle

This criminal has been spreading because of our complete ignorance. As in fact the main reason these turtles are starting to over populate in some areas is because of people. We are dumping these turtles as pets when they get to big people put the turtles out into the marshland. When the people let out the turtles they begin to rapidly reproduce. After the population builds up then they out compete the local turtles in the areas wetlands. This is happening in a lot of places meaning of which our carelessness has given this criminal more location to work with.

The Capture

Fortunately for us we have very smart members of government and enviromental centers who have recognized the damage done to the ecosystem and have set out some different traps.

Purple Loosestrife

The plans to eradicate this criminal are to keep aquatic swamp land plants healthy so they are less susceptible. As well in controlled areas and other properties they ask for daily patrol to check for the invader. They look for collaboration within a community to rid the species from the area. And last but certainly not least please remember to clean all plant residue of boats and other vehicular that may have had contact with different swamp plants and dispose of them properly.

Red Eared Slider Turtle

The plans for this mischievous sort is fairly basic because the problems are all human caused. Mainly the government is in forcing laws to stop people from the dumping of pet turtles or else they will face a fine.

Interesting facts

Did you know that purple loosestrife is also known as the beautiful killer because of its lovely appeal to the eye.

Also The red eared slider turtle has a similar feeding pattern as baleen whales as it skims the waters surface for food.

A scary thing for the U.S.A is that purple loosestrife is inhabited in every state except Florida.

Last but not least did you know that the red eared slider turtle can live from 20 to 40 years that's as old as some of our parents.