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Posted by: metalshrek at Tue Feb 24 18:01:04 2004  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by metalshrek ]  
   

Of course, being responsible enough to own such animals should be enough to convince them, unless they are herp nazis, but I still would not recommend any of the old-world true chameleons for you if you are a beginner. You may be dissapointed, as they require more work than most pet store variety lizards, and even when cared for properly have very short lifespans. If you do get one, be sure and read a lot about them first.
Now, on to my second point:
I and two other "non-kids" on this forum used to be like yourself, wanting to keep these herps as pets for quite some time thinking it was beneficial for our educations. While it IS beneficial to get some experience handling and caring for herps, we all learn very quickly that it will not compare to examining one in the wild and letting it go. Any field guide you buy will be more valuable than a care booklet or Reptiles magazine subscription. Get yourself a pet lizard if you feel you are responsible enough to care for it, but try and find some in your area as well. Visit the field notes forum if you have questions about when and where to herp in your area.

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