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to breed or not to breed

September 16, 2010 -

Hello all, I'm new to this so bare with me (lol). I frequent my local petsmart very often being a cichlid and reptile lover, but I was disappointed to find that they didnt have a breeder's program for fellow aquariumnist and reptile lovers.I'm not sure why, but it left me wondering as I am one to think that a program of such stature would create and secure the various species of wich can infact be bred in captivity....although I could be wrong, and if so can someone please explain to me why lol.

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18 Dec 2010 11:06 pm

Tarawr said:

This is only speculation, but I know many people don't look too highly on casual breeding of reptiles due to the harder nature to give them fresh new homes. Like, in my area, it seems that most reptiles will wind up in shelters because its USUALLY younger kids who want them so that they're "unique" and "cool", but don't take into consideration that they can be tricky to tend to (special heating, meal, etc), and the life spans can be rather long. Throw in that, unless you have a pretty good idea of what you're doing, you can wind up with impaction and/or cannibalism... its just not something I think the store would want to encourage.

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