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Posted by LLDG on September 09, 2002 at 17:05:54:
I've actually enjoyed the ongoing discussion as to which show is better - the new show vs the old show - which really gets down to which is better, wild caught reptiles vs captive bred reptile? The answer - both have a role.
Certainly, for the first time reptile buyer, I would always recommed a captive bred. They are aclimated to captivity, are usually disease free, adjust quicker to new enviroments, due to better health they are ready to breed faster. Never would I recommend to a first time buyer a wild caught reptile. Aclimation is a challenge and a lot of wild caughts just don't make it, treatment for parasites is necessary or the long-term survival of the wc is doubtful, wc are stressed from the get-go so experienced hand is called for.
WC do have their roles. Without them how would we get new species here in the U.S.? Established breeding programs benefit from introduction of wc's genetic diversity. Its the first "caught it in my backyard" reptile that peaked many of our interest in reptiles in the first place.
Saying one is better than the other doesn't answer the debate. Realizing their roles in todays reptile world does.