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Posted by gcsnelling on August 18, 2002 at 13:42:19:
In Reply to: What do you suggest I do? To gcsnelling posted by Dillon on August 18, 2002 at 12:49:25:
I do understand how you feel. But releasing them just is not an option for a couple of reasons.
1. This species of HL may not be native to your area. It is never a good idea to introduce nonnative species into an ecosystem not it's own.
2. Although they have only been captive a few months there is the very real danger of introducing a disease into the wild which could devastate HLs or other species with which they might intereact. If this lizard of yours spent any time at all in a petstore this would be my greatest concern.
3. Once wild always wild does not always apply, many animals loose the competitive edge they need to survive after a period in captivity.
If you want to do right by your lizard rather than trying to make a trade, just give it to someone that you know can care for. I personally have no problem with you trying to replace your pet. but the trade factor may make it more difficult for you to find someone that can or will take it from you.
I am sure Lester can give many other reason why a release is not a good idea but these are the ones which came readily to mind.
oh one last thought in most states it is highly illegal to release even wild animals which have been in captivity for any length of time.