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Posted by IGUANA JOE on April 10, 2003 at 14:48:00:
If we think way back, prior to owning a reptile (or iguana, in our case) some of us may remember listening to some owners' stories on how cool this animal is, how fun it is, "it's like owning a dinosaur", pretty easy to keep, cheap to purchase as bubblegum.
Some of us may have gone into th reptile hobby because we had this "National Geographic" image of what owning an exotic, large reptile would be like. Thank goodness we researched and found husbandry information...even if a lot of it was not very correct over 10 years ago.
Shift to the mid-90's. Everybody starts connecting to the internet...even iguana owners. Melissa Kaplan has already an impressive website on Iguana Care, Socialization etc...
But some onwers have their "cool" websites on their "cool" iguanas, full of "cool" stories to tell. Kids and teens log on, read this stuff, and get the idea that the iguana is the coolest friggin' pet in the world. (The same applies to monitors etc...)
It seems to me that people unwillingly may send the wrong message about keeping a potentially large reptile at home. They mostly tell glowing stories about their iguana, or monitor...which may misguide future owners into thinking they're getting a cold-blooded cat with scales and a tail that can whoop some serious @$$. The cool factor is sky-high, but the realisic view is forgotten.