Exotic pets need care and commitment
Experts at Hastings Blue Reef Aquarium are urging people not to buy exotic pets unless they are committed to giving them a forever home. The warning comes after the Rock-a-Nore Road wildlife attraction received a growing number of reports over the Christmas period of people looking to re-home unwanted reptiles in social media networks.
The aquarium is aiming to highlight the potential problems associated with keeping exotic animals as pets and offer advice on which creatures can be kept safely and responsibly.
Blue Reef Aquarium’s Leanna Lawson advised, “There has been a massive increase in the number of so-called exotic pets being brought into the country in recent years.”
“In recent months we have seen reptiles and even little musk turtles on Facebook selling pages. Many people purchase creatures like snakes and lizards which they simply cannot look after properly.”
“The result is either the animal dies or else grows so large or aggressive it has to be re-homed either by the RSPCA or other animal rescue organisations,” she added.
The aquarium is home to a wide range of reptiles and amphibians which have either been donated or rescued. However they’re having to turn requests away as they no longer have the capacity to take on any new animals.
“It is possible to keep creatures like boa constrictors, chameleons and monitor lizards safely and responsibly but it takes a lot of effort and hard work,” said Leanna.
She added, “We would urge anyone interested in keeping exotic pets to do their research beforehand and join one of the many reputable reptile and amphibian societies to find out more.”
Leanna spoke to one of their aquarists specifically for this article in the Monthly Seagull and they gave me these top tips for anyone who might be considering buying exotic pets;
- Make sure you consider the size of the full grown animal.
- Will you have enough room to keep it?
- Ensure you can keep up with dietary demands and vet bills.
- Make sure you are vaguely close to a specialised reptile vet as not all vets have specialised knowledge.
- You have to be okay with keeping live insects in your house and dead rats in your freezer etc.
- Be sure to do full research, not only on dietary and environmental requirements but also on also the behaviour of the animal as this is vital.
My thanks to Leanna Lawson,
Sales & Marketing Executive.
For more help and advice on caring for exotic pets please visit this website: www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk