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RE: Found 2 DHL's near my home

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Posted by: Mark_Brock at Fri Aug 15 09:47:16 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Mark_Brock ]  
   

Yeah, I dumped my old alias and hadn't set my links up yet. They should be good to go now, but it's phrynosoma.org (although both apply).

It sounds like you are getting on the right track. There may still be some factors to bring into line to make sure you are successful, but I am always concerned with the items that can quickly kill a lizard first.

Also glad to hear you are not overly discouraged. I do agree with Mike that desire is simply not enough when it comes to keeping these lizards. If I had to break down what I feel the requirements should be, it would look something like this )in no particular order):

1. Desire.
2. Time to devote to the lizards and their care. (This is probably the most oft overlooked when folks are pondering getting HLs, as these guys take a chunk of time per day to keep them in good health).
3. Cash to enable the appropriate setup and feeding.
4. Commitment to reading and learning (There is a ton of material both in the HL community and in the scientific literature. It isn't all required, but certainly the husbandry data is critical).
5. Patients.

If a person decides to take this on, be prepared to learn about the lizards, but it is my experience that you will learn a great deal more in the process. Keeping these guys has increased my awareness of their wild habitat and the flora and fauna that they share it with. I have found that it has greatly increased my idea of conservation and general environmental awareness (still not hugging trees though ). It has been a great experience and I believe just getting more folks in touch with nature (as opposed to images on a computer) will help all wildlife in the long run.
I read an article the other day about youngsters these days not even being able to identify the more common wild animals. It's sad this generation is losing touch. Dang computers...



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Edited on September 17, 2008 at 05:12:02 by PHGinger.


   

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