People often think about reptiles and amphibians as effortless pets for beginners. But they are nothing but that. Reptiles are complex creatures that can be difficult to keep in captivity.
Lizards, tortoises, turtles, amphibians, and crocodiles are ectothermic animals that rely on their environment to execute essential physiologic functions. An article from The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) highlights this vital point. It is important to educate this. "There's a difference between surviving and thriving in our care," says Meghann Cant, manager of companion animal welfare science & policy for the BC SPCA. "I think it's time we ask ourselves what's in it for the animal."
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