Kansas State Reptile

Pet stores are usually not the place to get correct data on the care and temperament of reptiles. Most Reptile pet care books at stores and libraries are outdated or contain a mix of accurate and inaccurate information, enough to put a pet reptile susceptible to damage or demise. This is why many reptile homeowners are unwilling to spend the money essential to correctly home and feed their reptiles, or provide them with the veterinary care they require. Comments similar to “I’m not spending $50 for a light-weight and fixture! I don’t have that sort of money”; and, “It’s my kid’s duty, not mine” are too usually heard by these of us doing reptile rescue and education. According to the World Wildlife Fund-US, imports of reptiles into the United States exceeded 2.5 million in 1996.

By Lee Chun Hei

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