Southeast Asia (Harvey et al. 2010)
Date of U.S. Introduction: Established populations were first reported in 2000 (Harvey et al. 2010)
Means of Introduction: Imported to the U.S. for the pet trade; wild populations became established from animals that escaped or were intentionally released (Harvey et al. 2010)
Impact: Preys on native species, some of which are endangered (such as the Key Largo woodrat, Neotoma floridana smalli); may also compete with threatened native species, such as the indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi) (Harvey et al. 2010)
Current U.S. Distribution: South Florida
DOI. FWS. Fish and Aquatic Conservation.
Includes species listed
wildlife under the Federal Lacey Act, which makes it illegal
in the U.S. to import, export,
or transport between States without a permit.