Invasive species can be harmful to an ecosystem, driving out and even killing other plants and animals.
One of the most popular stories of extinction resulting from an invasive species is that of the Brown Tree Snake in Guam. Before WWII Guam hadn’t any native snake species. After the War, the Brown Tree Snake was introduced to the island by way of cargo ships returning from New Guinea. The snake is responsible for the extinction of 9 out of 12 of the island’s native bird species and other animal species, as well.
When I lived in North Carolin, Kudzu, an invasive plant, was a serious problem. It was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1800s, and has the ability to eliminate native species by completely covering their habitat. It is in several U.S. states. Check out the link below for a video of its destructive power.
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