Exotic pets seem fun, but they can harm local reptiles

2013-11-30 00:00

THE exotic reptile trade is a niche group in the pet market, but as the appeal of these exotic species grows so too does the threat that some that are bought as pets may end up as a real threat to the local reptile populations.

Schmidt said in KwaZulu-Natal the two most notable animals were the red- eared slider Trachemys scripta — a freshwater terrapin — which has been imported by various pet traders and adapted very well to local conditions.

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