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Posted by Heather on July 19, 1999 at 11:42:31:
In Reply to: Re: Veiled chameleon owner gone a little too far! posted by Jeff on April 20, 1999 at 12:28:35:
Well, I agree, she's gone a little too far. Some animals learn to tolerate, even enjoy such attention, but a veiled chameleon is not one of those. As an owner of a Veiled chameleon, leopard geckos(and 5 babies), day geckos, bearded dragons, and a boa constrictor, I think I know the balance that each pet needs. The Veiled shouldn't be handled at all as far as I'm concerned. I don't really agree with Jeff in that Bearded Dragons are handled too much like dogs, but perhaps I don't see what he's seeing. I don't see anything wrong with sunning a BD, or taking them on occasional walks, although this would be somewhat inappropriate for snakes...anyhow--that's my 2 cents worth.
: I completly agree with you. If you look on the other fourms such as the bearded dragon or chameleon fourm you will find numerous stories that make it seem like the people are talking about their dogs. I own a few reptiles myself and I do occasionally talk to them but many people go too far. Even the animals like bearded dragons that almost like to be handled I don't think that they should be as much as some do. I let my bearded hang on to me but if for any reason he wants to get off or do something else I let him. Most of the time I let him out for the sole purpose of excercise. Reptiles are the most beautiful interesting "pets" so I feel that they should be treated as such. They should be looked at, cared for, and examined for behavior but this is about it. Some people go too far.