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Posted by Jeff Judd on February 14, 2003 at 18:13:20:
In Reply to: Questions concerning horned lizards posted by beardeddragonman on February 13, 2003 at 12:14:33:
:I was wondering, can you actually buy them? I have never seen one for sale here in florida. If so how much and what are their requirements.
You must be willing to devote time and money(ants are exspensive if they can't be collected)Some people sell them but I would not recommend buying a wild caught individual. They are usually highly stressed, malnurished, and on the verge of death do to improper conditions. I think only captive bred animals should be bought for these reasons :
1. They haven't been collected from an undisturbed environment causing decline in good populations.
2. They were born into a captive environment so they are accustomed to human interaction and as a result they feed better, are not as stressed, healthier, and don't have parasites.
3.Promotes captive breeding to increase numbers of horned lizards making them available for everyone to enjoy.
Sun Dial Reptiles is one of the very few that captive breeds them in the U.S. and sadly now I think they may stop selling to the general public because of high demand. http://www.sundialreptile.com/breedingprojects.htm
I will be captive breeding a few species this year but it is limited to the legal species not found in California. Because of stupid laws here it is illegal for me to captive breed these three species platyrhinos, coronatum, and mcalli which is disturbing because among them are some of the rarest due to HABITAT DESTRUCTION.
I have LEGALLY obtained adults of some species from Arizona, Switzerland, and Germany and should have captive bred offspring this year. Some LEGALLY obtained specis I may have are solare, hernandezi, and taurus.
As far as information search this board,(some information is true), check out Montanucci 1989 Bulletin of the Chicago Herptilogical Society volume 24, number 12 and I am working on a book as well.