NANFA-- Re: Captive breed vs Wild caught
Mon, 27 Mar 2000 09:23:52 EST

The only rebuttal I can give to this is that in the long run money will
determine whether or not these small animals survive. The ability to make
money successfully from herptiles will eventually depend on knowledgeable
dealers and hobbyists with the Internet information is more and more right at
our fingertips. Sometimes, and I have found it to true more often than not, a
potential hobbyist must search out the knowledge for themselves. Poaching of
wild animals will only contribute to the sale of animals that are harder to
keep, cheaper for sure, but that attitude is one of the things we have to
change. The breeding of snakes in captivity came about because wild specimens
did not live well and as the habitats diminished the price for poached
unhealthy animals went up. As healthy captive breed animals became available
the sales of snakes went back up and now is increasing. Dealers that are not
knowledgeable about the animals that they sell will be squeezed out of


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