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RE: What happened to Chillian dwarf tegus

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Posted by: laurarfl at Fri Oct 1 10:01:36 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by laurarfl ]  
   

>>Money is the key, not "interest".
>>When a specie is easy to export at very low price offer is ok, then demand is ok, even for a "difficult" specie.
>>When export become complicated the prices become too high. Combinated with a demand limited to "specialistes" the specie is not imported/exported.
>>The captive breeding problem is not a problem ! Captive breeding Varanus exanthematicus is virtualy nul. But this sp is one of the more exported WC reptile. The price is the key.

Sure, money ties into interest. But look at the Green Ameiva. They are easy to breed or obtain, and inexpensive, so you would think demand would be up. However, they are flighty and not conducive to being handled. I think that keeps the interest low and people don't want to keep or breed them. Even though Chilean Dwarf Tegus are protected now, if they were a popular species that held interest, then they would have been bred in captivity and would be numerous here in the states.

The Bearded Dragon is also protected and cannot be exported, but the interest was high enough in the beginning to keep their numbers up through captive breeding. The prices were reasonable and they have got to be the top selling lizard in America.

So sometimes it is money, but if enough interest is present, then people will do what it takes to get the animals into the pet trade.


   

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