Did you know that October 21st is Reptile Awareness Day? This occasion was started to help share information and dispel myths about both pet and wild reptiles. That’s a very important topic in our book! A Thorold, ON vet discusses reptiles below.
Reptiles can be fun and fascinating pets, though they aren’t for everyone. Like any other animal, they need good care to thrive. Don’t adopt one without doing plenty of research first. You’ll want to consider your potential pet’s expected life expectancy and adult size, their habitat needs, and, of course, their dietary requirements.
If you ever decide to adopt a pet reptile, go through a reputable breeder or store. Unfortunately, you can still find reptiles for sale that were captured in the wild. This is illegal in most places. However, between loopholes, reptile trade shows, black market trade, and inconsistent laws, it’s still an ongoing issue. Wild animals don’t take well to living in captivity, especially those that were captured as adults. They may also carry disease or parasites. Plus, this is bad for the environment.
Like many other wild animals, reptiles are finding themselves with fewer habitats. On the other hand, some areas are experiencing the opposite problem. The Everglades are an example of this: that fragile ecosystem is now overrun with anacondas, which are thriving in the climate … at the expense of its native wildlife.That’s why it’s so important to help raise awareness about responsible ownership! Even taking small steps, such as buying sustainable, eco-friendly products, can support conservation efforts and help protect them.
Snakes in particular have suffered from bad PR. This is certainly nothing new … it’s mentioned in the Bible’s Old Testament, which is thousands of years old. In truth, snakes can be very beneficial. They eat rats, mice, and other rodents. Vermin control is important, as these pests carry dangerous diseases, contaminate crops and food stores, and can destroy insulation and wires. In some areas, snakes are considered welcome guests. You don’t have to go that far, but if you do see a wild reptile, just leave it be. If it’s a poisonous snake, and/or is in a spot where that isn’t an option, contact a pest-control agency that will trap and relocate it.
Do you have questions about reptile care? Contact us, your Thorold, ON animal clinic, today!