Dozens of invasive species in Texas are threatening the state’s native animals

Zebra mussels, red imported fire ants, feral hogs, are just some of the species not native to Texas

SAN ANTONIO – The Asian Giant Hornet has been making news recently after the invasive species first made its appearance in the United States.

’Murder Hornets’ are in US; Can the insects possibly migrate to San Antonio or South Texas?

In Texas, there is already a long list of invasive species that are causing some big problems.

“As far as wildlife here some of these species that can be introduced may have habits that really deter a lot of our natural species from just even breeding, raising their young and they may be competing for the same food source,” Urban Wildlife Biologist Judit Green from Texas Parks & Wildlife said.

The common invasive species we hear of often include red imported fire ants, feral hogs and zebra mussels, but according to the Texas Invasives website, there are dozens of plant and animal non-native species throughout the state.

Lionfish (ksat)

Zebra Mussels affecting Canyon Lake water supply

“They can spread very quickly and very easily,” Green said.

About the Author: