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Exotic Pets

PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:13 am
by GeekZ
Does anyone here have any weird pets?? I know Nova does, I was talking to him online a couple days ago and that guy has a freaking zoo in his livingroom!!

I've got two cats and an iguana personally. My iggy is a really sweetheart, he's about 4 feet long and loooves being petted. You could pet him all day and it still wouldn't be enough for that guy lol.

So, what do you have?

Re: Exotic Pets

PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:31 pm
by AverusBlack
I feel inadequate, lol. I only have one kitty, but she's an old girl and sweet as anything you ever met. She runs away rather than stands her ground, and usually comes running to me (save meee! ;-; )

Re: Exotic Pets

PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:06 pm
by PhatCat
I sorta have bearded dragons. Well, they hang out in my backyard all the time. Does that count?

Re: Exotic Pets

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:24 pm
by Nova
I definitely have a few animals... somewhere between 50 and 60 actually lol.

I breed several species of reptile including high-end bearded dragons, veiled chameleons, mountain horned dragons, leopard geckos, golden tree frogs, and with any luck blue tongue skinks.

On top of those productive species, I have several animals as pets too. That list includes my dogs, an endangered Burmese Mountain Tortoise and a trio of critically endangered mantella frogs. I'm hoping the mantellas breed but realistically the chances aren't very high this season.

My girlfriend Nicky and I run an ethical pet trade co-op that fights the importation of wild caught animals. We are very strongly against the removal of animals from their natural habitats, so we identify which species are most at risk due to the pet trade and work on having them produced locally in Canada. Either we take on the breeding initiative ourselves or we help set somebody else up, but regardless this at least gives people the option of owning the animal without making the negative environmental impact.

While we aim to change legislation down the road, at this point our most practical means of making change is ground level. We educate collectors and store owners as to the benefits of buying a captive born/raised animal, thus reducing the demand and profitability of the importation model.

Feel free to visit our site. It's still in development, like most things in our network ;)

Re: Exotic Pets

PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:03 pm
by Techno
That's pretty neat. I never thought of keeping reptiles as pets. To be honest I don't like the idea of keeping a tub of bugs around to feed them with.

Re: Exotic Pets

PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 1:41 am
by AverusBlack
Actually, the crickets are kind of nice if you grew up in a place where you'd hear the in the summer. The chirping is pretty relaxing and once you're used to it, it fades into the background and you don't notice it anymore.

I've seen Nova pick crickets up in some pretty creative ways, not the least being sliding an empty toilet paper tube over them to pick them up, and then dropping them in a baggie/tank that way. Right now my kitty is staying with him because of some personal issues I'm having in real life and she's helping catch the stray ones that escape :)

Re: Exotic Pets

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:25 pm
by AverusBlack
Pharoah DOES like to lick people.

I call Kahn "Chewie" or "Chewbacca" when I visit :)

Re: Exotic Pets

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:36 pm
by Nova
Here's a couple photos of my dogs.

Pharaoh is the rottweiler, Khan is the crazy mutt (rottweiler x irish wolfhound).

EDIT: BTW, my veiled chameleon is gravid!! Lots of eggs, coming soon!