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Posted by carlfranklin on January 17, 2003 at 18:54:18:
In Reply to: keeping hots in dfw? posted by RachelS. on January 16, 2003 at 16:52:24:
No, most cities in the DFW area do not permit or allow the private ownership of venomous reptiles. However, there are a number of people who do own and maintain them in some of these cities. Some of those are private keepers while the rest of them are individuals who are educators, researchers, rehabilitators, or other qualified persons.
By qualified individual I mean someone who has a recognized profession involving these animals. Selling them on the internet or at a show doesn't mean that a particular person has adequate experience.
In fact, one of the "catch 22s" of landing a full time position at a zoo is that applicants should have prior professional experience with venomous reptiles. However where/how does someone get this experience?
Well there are a number of ways. The easiest manner I can recommend is to attend a university with invested research in Herpetology and become active with their programs, collections, projects, etc. Volunteering at museums and zoos is also a great way to get your foot in the door, find out what it is like, etc.
From there things usually progress nicely.
Sorry for the rant, but I hope that it may have been of some use.
:Is it legal to keep venomous reptiles in the dallas/fort worth area? Do you need a permit to keep them? I posted a message like this also on the yahoo groups page... you can check it out there. Thanks