The increasing popularity of reptiles as pets has brought with it a corresponding increase in the number of displaced and unwanted pet reptiles. Just like the dogs, cats and pot-bellied pigs before them, reptiles are being discarded after they’ve lost their novelty appeal or they become too big, difficult, expensive or problematic for their owners. Humane societies, zoos and reptile rescue organizations receive a seemingly endless stream of calls from pet owners wishing to dispose of their reptiles.
Some reptile owners abandon their animals in the wild when they no longer want them. The majority of these animals are stressed, physically depleted and unable to survive. Most die of starvation, cold or predation.
Occasionally, abandoned or escaped reptile pets survive. Some even reproduce and establish self-sustaining populations. This can have devastating consequences on native wildlife species. For example, wild Nile monitor lizards, voracious predators that will consume snakes, other lizards, young alligators, birds, eggs and small mammals, are now established in several locations in Florida. In addition to out-competing native species, these lizards may pose a threat to the protected burrowing owl.
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