Exotic Pet Ownership: Responsible Or Not?

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    Steve A. Johnson, PhD, Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Florida
    Stephen Barten, DVM, Vernon Hills Animal Hospital, Mundelein, Illinois
    David Barker, VIDA Preciosa International, Inc., Boerne, Texas
    Tracy Barker, VIDA Preciosa International, Inc., Boerne, Texas

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    Discouraging Clients from Purchasing Exotic Pets
    Steve A. Johnson, PhD, Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Florida

    Responsible pet ownership includes providing a safe and secure environment for the duration of the animal’s life—for some exotic animals (eg, tortoises, parrots), this commitment may exceed 30 years. In addition, exotic pets often have demanding husbandry requirements that may change as the animals grow. This makes caring for some exotics quite challenging, and many owners may not be up to the challenge. Too often, exotic pets escape or are intentionally released when owners tire of their novelty.

    In a risk assessment study of exotic reptiles in Florida, researchers found that manageability (eg, housing requirements, aggressiveness, potential for escape) was a significant factor in explaining the likelihood of a species becoming established in the wild.1 Moreover, there are instances of unscrupulous pet dealers purposely releasing exotics with the hope of establishing a breeding population from which they can later harvest animals to sell.2 Many escapees or released exotics may perish in the wild, but under suitable environmental conditions they may survive and establish breeding populations, potentially with dire environmental consequences.

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