No, not the scary kind from outer space you watch in movies but one you may have already seen or heard about.
Not this Kind of Alien!
When people go on vacation they visit a town or a place and enjoy playing there for awhile and then after a week or two they go back home. There are some animals that came or were brought to Connecticut and decided to live here. Can you imagine if everyone that ever visited Disney World decided to stay and live there? What a crowd that would be! There may not be enough houses for them, or enough food, it might get so crowded that the people who were living there may have to move.
There are four Aliens I'd like you to learn about.
No, not a zebra doing weight lifting, but a kind of shelled creature that lives in the water. There are so many in some of the lakes in Connecticut that scientists and biologists are getting a bit worried. They are eating up all the food the other plants and animals need.
It looks like the mussels were stowaways on a ship from Europe. They were discovered n 1988 in the Illinois River. That is pretty far away from our state so you are probably wondering, "How did they get to Connecticut?"
Well, it's really pretty simple. They attach to the bottoms of boats and can live out of water for a few days. When a boat gets taken out of the water and put on a trailer and is towed to another state and gets put in the water there, the mussels fall off and start vacationing in their new lake playground. Little by little they traveled to Connecticut! Now people are trying to figure out how to make them leave.
Southern Flying Squirrels
Again, the name of this little critter makes it sound like something out of a comic book. Maybe you've never heard of a squirrel that can fly? Actually the squirrel can't fly but it does glide. And it has made its home here now and the smaller Northern Flying Squirrel that used to be here in bigger numbers has not been seen as often.
Southern flying squirrels are gray with some darker colors and a creamy color on their bellies. They have large dark eyes because they are nocturnal. They have a flat tail and a piece of skin that goes between their front and back legs.
These squirrels feed on the fruit and nuts from trees. They especially like oak, hickory and beech and Connecticut has a lot of those. They gather acorns and hide them to eat during the winter. If they run out of acorns they can eat insects, flowers and many other things.
White Cabbage Butterfly