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ACTION ALERT: ALL REPTILE KEEPERS

On the heels of what was another successful educational event at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center here in Baton Rouge, it literally *KILLS ME* to see this posted by Kevin McCurley of NERD in response to what is now a HUGE threat to Zoos, Aquariums, and individuals like myself and my fiance who have dedicated our personal and professional lives to showing children and adults the wonders of the reptile world through safe educational outlets. THIS is why it is so important to pay close attention to what you say, what you post, and how you portray your animals! From Kevin:

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And the burm nation as well! (All animals pictured above belong to me)
The Lacey act is complete bs, because of one state we lose all ability to cross state line, transport, and export these beautiful creatures on the thought that they “may be injurious” to native wildlife. That state should suffer the consequence of only having their animals with permits, etc. but to make the whole country suffer is unbelievable. People are going to lose lively hoods, snakes are going to start to be inbred, and the passion of owning reptiles is slowly going to die. They’re coming for boas next, you were lucky this time but you won’t be next time, then they’re going to come for your ball pythons and so on and so forth. If the reptile community came together we will be able to defend each other and be a stronger family to fight for our love in reptiles! To help end this ban, educate others, show passion for them and support each other if you own a large constrictor or not, and donate to trustworthy campaigns who are helping us save our animals such as USARK!

Brian decided to go on a Instagram rant today…
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I am in a mood so I am going to rant at him (I will be saying “you” in reference to him, and not the submitter, because its easier for me to word it like that)
“I have dedicated my life to wildlife” 
You own a massive facility full of captive bred snakes, in tiny cages with nothing to do, breeding them in mass for money. The only ‘wildlife’ experience you have is in that venom hunters show or whatever it is called, and you show an incredible amount of ignorance and lack of respect for said venomous animals. Everything you do is for money, and not for the good of wildlife. 
“You have never seen the daily sacrifice I make for these animals and the betterment of the reptile hobby”
What sacrifice?? You make a shit ton of money by owning a giant ass snake mill. You hire people to do the work for you, all you do is go in and pull out random snakes for your shitty webshow, which you get paid for. You have not bettered the hobby, your way of keeping smears our name because it looks like, and is, animal abuse and neglect. People look at your facility and immediately think “Wow do all reptile owners do that? That is awful!” And smear the reptile community more. You have done nothing to improve it.
“I will happily keep blocking you and surround myself with people that believe in looking at the good and not searching for the negative and bad” 
So basically you are saying “I don’t care if I am taking bad care of my animals, I have some people that support my shitty practices because its an easy way to keep and no one wants to admit that its neglect, plus I’m making more money this way” This is an awful way of thinking, as it is selfish and stupid to not admit you’re at fault for something. Its basically sticking your fingers in your ears and going “Lalalala I can’t hear you!” like a child. I quote a good friend of mine @wheremyscalesslither  “Your pride is not more important than your animals”. 
Accept that you are wrong, change your ways, and become humble. THAT is what will change the reptile community for the better. Or you can actually donate money to USARK instead of hoarding all of it, ya know.

(Apologies to the OP submitter, I went on a rant there lol).

Easter weekend PSA: As the owners of both Roaming Reptiles of Louisiana and Roaming Reptiles of Central Florida, we know that as the weather warms up it is *incredibly* tempting to bring your scaley babies outside and show them off to the world! BUT PLEASE remember that for a large number of the population, a fear of snakes is **VERY REAL** and despite your well-intentioned attempt at an educational moment, bringing your noodles out into the public view, without consent, can be detrimental to the community! It causes panic, which legislators DO NOT like, and will swiftly punish in the form of overreaching regulations or sweeping bans. On the heels of such a huge victory for USARK, please do yourself and everyone a favor by leaving your animals at home! If you want to join us in the fight against misinformation, join your local reptile Facebook groups or reach out to your local Herpetological Society to learn how to become an educator or for ways to use your animals to educate others in a *safe* and *consenting* atmosphere/event! Your animals, neighbors, and fellow community members thank you for it! ❤🐍

I urge everyone reading this to follow USARK on social media and give financially if possible. Educate yourself. Protect your pets.

@poikilomatters replied to your post: on a similar note I think dwarf burms are perfect…

Burms and dwarf burms used to be illegal but not anymore. Check USARK’s site for more details on the court’s decision.

okay, I knew the Lacey Act was slapped down, but do you know what I didn’t know? burms were never illegal in my state to begin with. all the other giants are so I had apparently never noticed they weren’t on the no-no list. what the fuck.

Veterinarians go to school for at least 8 years before they can practice medicine. 4 years of general classes and then 4 years of veterinary training. Many also go on to do internships, residencies, and other extra training before they start practice on their own. This means that on average your veterinarian has been learning for 10 years, 6 of them just in veterinary medicine and around 2 of those in the particular facet of medicine they perform. We are highly trained and continue to learn our entire careers by going to work shops, seminars, reading journals, etc.

That is why it is gut wrenching to me to when I see and hear things like these:

  • “You should consult your local snake expert.”
  • “My breeder has been breeding Chihuahuas for 5 years and she says…”
  • “My brother used to work in a pet store so he knows all about treating this.”
  • “I’ve had birds my whole life so I think I know what I’m doing.”

The internet makes this problem worse because anyone with a keyboard can give advice and what really gets me is that people will follow it without question. The exotics world is probably the most guilty of this. Just the other day I saw a USARK post on face book about a young guy that works for a reptile park. It seemed really great at first, describing how he handles the snakes, educates the public, cleans enclosures, and really knows his stuff. But then the next sentence said something to effect of “he even provides medical care.” That is not right and the exotic community should stop accepting it as such.

Would you let a 19 year old kid who has 5 years of baby sitting experience treat your child for pneumonia? If you say no, why? Why then is it ok for someone without veterinary training to treat a snake for pneumonia?

If the exotic community wants to be taken seriously as hobbyists and not just weirdos who like to carry snakes around we need to take the hobby more seriously. Having your neighbor pick up some Baytril from the local Tractor Supply and giving injections to your iguana in his garage does not look good to the public and it cheapens the hobby. Nor is this good for the animal. People complain about all of the laws coming down but honestly until we all look like this is a serious hobby that we care about, the public is not going to be sympathetic.

You want that Burmese Python so badly that you will rant and rave on social media, get action committees together to call congressmen, and picket capitols but you won’t take it to the vet and pay for treatment when it becomes ill? Priorities. Get them straight.

anonymous asked:

What was the huge USARK victory you mentioned in your earlier post? I'm so bad at keeping up with that stuff.

Hello!! The US Court of Appeals sided with USARK with regards to the laws surrounding interstate transport of Retics and Green Anacondas. HUGE DEAL. You can read the full report here (http://usark.org/2017-blog/u-s-court-of-appeals-says-we-agree-with-ark/). You can also sign up for email updates so you never miss a beat with reptile regulations!

Good news for Colorado! They accepted the numbers that were proposed by local breeders, businesses, and USARK. So no more “8 females makes you a breeder” and now it genuinely only applies to large scale businesses.

And y'know what, I’m totally fine with large scale breeders being required to have high quality facilities.

So hobbyists in Colorado can let out a sigh of relief.

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   My name is Wesley James Lock I’m an artist and an aspiring biologist living on the west coast of Florida. For as long as I can remember I have loved two things, art, and animals. I started studying both from a very young age and my dream has always been to make a career out of it. Unfortunately I dropped out of school for personal and health reasons and recently had to quit my job as well. I had been working construction for the last couple years but kept getting injured and just can’t do it anymore. 

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