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Posted by Bryan OKC on April 17, 2003 at 21:24:14:
In Reply to: Re: The real problem... posted by Adam Britton on April 17, 2003 at 20:31:50:
:That's right Bill, and in 20 years I think people will look back upon these years (the age of reptiles!) and wonder how remarkable it would have been to keep a leopard gecko, a corn snake, or even a green iguana or American alligator.
Maybe not. While some localities will probably pass blanket exotic/reptile bans, I think we are in less danger now than 10 or 15 years ago.
More households now keep reptiles than at any time in history, which means lawmakers are much more likely than in the past to have personal connections to herp owners. Many of our state legislators now have children or grandkids who own ball pythons, leopard geckos, bearded dragons etc. This makes it harder for them to think of herpetoculture as a "fringe" activity.
From 1997 to 1999 we fought a long, hard (mostly successful) battle with city hall to prevent the banning of a number of herps and invertebrates. Four years later, I see one of our councilmen regularly, when he comes in to get crickets for his kids' gecko.