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Spanish island fights snake invasion

Published on May 7, 2014 6:25 AM

MADRID (AFP) - A Spanish island has summoned world experts to help it stamp out an invasion of white snakes that threaten to eat all its rare lizards, a conservationist said on Tuesday.

Rangers on Gran Canaria, the biggest of Spain’s Canary Islands, have killed thousands of Californian Kingsnakes, which have spawned from pet snakes that slithered into the wild.

The snakes pose no threat to humans but have been munching up other creatures such as the rare Gran Canaria Giant Lizard, environmentalist Ramon Gallo, head of a project to control the snake population, told AFP.

“That lizard is unique to Gran Canaria and if the snakes end up spreading all over the island they will make it an endangered species,” he said.

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