Every year hundreds of thousands of pets are abandoned each year. www.petfinder.com states the following.
“According to the World Wildlife Fund-US, imports of reptiles into the United States exceeded 2.5 million in 1996. Add to this the tens of thousands of captive-bred reptiles sold at reptile expos around the country and at local herpetological society meetings, and you begin to understand why this fast-growing market is not likely to dry up anytime soon.”
Bearded Dragon Pogona Vitticeps
No one will answer the why. Not with any truth anyway; depending on who you talk with the answers vary. I’m not an animal activist; I am concerned with animal welfare however whether it be scaly or not. The reason for this particular post is that every week I get numerous emails regarding the captive care of reptiles. They come from an “expert” website as well as via social networks that I frequent. Every week I hear; ‘I bought such and such a reptile and it has (insert your choice of disease or ailment) and I can’t afford a vet can you tell me what to do?’ At least once. Read on…