Exotic Non-native Species

OWC removes all exotic non-native species.

There is a very wide range of wildlife species that are considered to be “exotic” in the United States.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “Exotic” as follows:

Main Entry:
1ex·ot·ic Listen to the pronunciation of 1exotic

Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin exoticus, from Greek exo-tikos, from exo-Date: 1599

1: introduced from another country : not native to the place where found 2 archaic: foreign, alien3: strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual 4: of or relating to striptease
— ex·ot·i·cal·ly Listen to the pronunciation of exotically \-ti-k(?-)le-\ adverb
— ex·ot·ic·ness Listen to the pronunciation of exoticness \-tik-n?s\ noun

Exotic Wildlife Removal & Relocation

Oklahoma Wildlife Control, L.L.C. offers removal and relocation services for exotic species. We are proud to say, that on very rare occasions does exotic wildlife have to be destroyed, since we are affiliated with several rescue and adoption organizations which specialize in exotic wildlife species. Since exotic species are non-native, and usually introduced by human interference, exclusion services are not necessarily required. For instance: If a Reticulated Python (or other exotic) is removed from your property, it is unlikely that you will need to exclude for them in the future. Unless of course, someone happens to release another one loose in your area.

Exotic Species Handled

Oklahoma Wildlife Control, L.L.C. will remove, handle and relocate all “Exotic Species”. You must use extreme caution with any wildlife … and even more with some of the encountered exotics. For instance, North American vipers pack a punch with a Hemotoxin delivered by their fangs … but nothing compared to the Neurotoxin found in exotics such as Cobras, Coral Snakes, Seas Snakes, etc. There are even exceptions to this “rule of thumb” found in North America … for instance … even though the Mohave Rattlesnake (aka: Mojave Green) is a viper, or in the Viperidae order … it carries a very potent neurotoxin and a hemotoxin in it’s fangs. Some invertebrates, such as scorpions and spiders can be as dangerous, or even more dangerous than larger wildlife species. Their small size can be very misleading … and fatal.

Okay Florida … we know that you have a severe exotic species problem, but you don’t have the monopoly on exotic releases or escapes. Exotic species, which are released or escape into nature are becoming a big problem in every mid or southern state in the United States.

For instance, on the morning of August 16, 2009 … the Oklahoma Wildlife Control® Limited Liability Company was called out to the 6200 block of South Peoria to recover and exotic species, which just happened to be a 5 foot 4 inch Columbia Red Tail Boa Constrictor. It was first thought by the officer that this reptile was a rattle snake, of which several species are common to Oklahoma, but on a second look the positive identification was made.

This call, is just another of many that the Oklahoma Wildlife Control® Limited Liability Company has received in the Tulsa area. Some of the reasons the Oklahoma Wildlife Control® Limited Liability Company receives these calls are due to: improper containment, willful unlawful releases, and even a call or two where the exotic species was used in the commission of a bodily threat towards another human being or personal domestic pet.

There is not really any logical thinking on the part of many who wish to own an exotic species as a pet. The purchasing public fails to research the species of selection, adequately enough to understand that animals such as a boa constrictor will achieve a length of 13 feet on average, or that a reticulated python will go beyond 15 feet. Most purchasers of exotic species, do not think about what they are going to do with such a large and dangerous exotic species when it reaches
adulthood, and it’s strength and appetite increase accordingly. A 5 gallon aquarium which was purchased for housing the animal when it was only a foot long for instance … will not properly contain a species that has grown to 5 or more feet.

Following are some care techniques extracted from the “How To” website concerning the proper care and handling of Boa Constrictors. To view this information in its entirety, please click here to follow the link.

The Vivarium

The minimum size for a single baby boa constrictor should be 24 inches long, 18 inches high and 18 inches wide. The height will allow your boa to climb on to branches placed inside the vivarium. Young boas in particular enjoy climbing and can be seen resting on elevated branches inside the vivarium. An adult boa constrictor of approximately 8 feet in length should be housed in a vivarium 72 inches long, 36 inches high and 36 inches wide. Obviously these recommended vivarium sizes are
minimum sizing requirements, and keeping more than one boa in the same vivarium should increase the vivarium’s dimensions.


Wood shavings can be used, these are the type found in most pet shops which are used for small mammals. However, it is not a good idea to feed your boa in the vivarium if this is the substrate chosen, as they may ingest the shavings along with their food which could lead to digestive problems. Newspaper is used by a lot of people for it’s cheapness and of course it is readily available. However, if the downside is that it is not very pleasing to the eye.

In my personal opinion, paper towels, that is, those generally used in the kitchen is my preferred substrate, it is more aesthetically pleasing, (if you obtain a plain variety) than newspaper and even more absorbent.

So now your exotic pet is out of control … what to do? Well … you DO NOT release it into nature. These that are released become an invasive species, feeding on any other animal that they can over power such as: domestic pets, poultry and even small livestock. Call a rehabilitation group, or someone who adopts these large and dangerous exotic species and surrender them.

If the Oklahoma Wildlife Control® Limited Liability Company recovers one of your exotic species, you will be charged accordingly to recover the animal. You will also be charged with failure to contain and willful endangerment to the public if the species so warrants those charges. Bottom line … if you can’t keep and properly care for the animal forever … don’t get it.

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