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How to Pick Your Pet

[caption id="attachment_4348" align="alignnone" width="296" caption="Squirrel monkeys are cute, but not a great choice for a pet. "]environmental concerns pets exotic pets[/caption] Most of us had tabby cats or Labrador retrievers, but we probably all knew a kid who had a boa constrictor or a turtle for a pet. Maybe you were that kid, the one who got the expensive terrarium and the iguana? Or are you the parent with the aquarium and the exotic fish? There's more to picking a pet, it turns out, than just finding the most unique or unusual species and figuring out how to take care of it. Now there are other considerations: Are they endangered? Does their release pose a threat to the health of other animals or people? Does being a pet or being held in captivity harm the animal? Now you don't have to think about these things. Someone is doing the thinking for you: www.petwatch.net. All you have to do is browse the site and find which exotic pets are OK to keep and which ones are best left in the wild. —D. Dion
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