Reptile Handling 101. ...presented by. Common Reptiles in Captivity. Legal Considerations. PLEASE NOTE: Be aware of the Provincial and Municipal bylaws in your location, as some of the animals you are rescuing may be prohibited.
Be aware of the Provincial and Municipal bylaws in your location, as some of the animals you are rescuing may be prohibited.
A Captive Wildlife Permit may be required or the animal may need to be placed with caregivers in a different region or province.
Experts have warned that youngsters locking lips with amphibians in real life risk catching salmonella.
The advice comes after 50 children were taken ill in America after copying the heroine of Disney’s latest film, The Princess And The Frog. The children were rushed to hospital suffering with the disease, which causes sickness and diarrhoea.
Doctors blamed the cases in 25 US states on youngsters kissing frogs after seeing the film. Most were under 10, with half being girls.
Experts in the US and UK urged parents not to allow their youngsters to copy Princess Tiana after seeing the animated film, which is out on Friday. Trevor Beebee, president of the British Herpetological Society, said: “Kissing frogs is not hygienic and they also have various toxic things on their skin, which are unpleasant.”
The Health Protection Agency advises against kissing any reptiles, saying: “All should be presumed to carry salmonella in their gut, even if they do not show any signs of infection.”
If you know or suspect that you are rescuing an Iguana:
…Do NOT be afraid!
Reptiles do not sense fear, but they can interpret your behavior.
If socializing pet Iguanas, including males NOT in breeding season:
Frogs & Toads
Turtles & Tortoises
* Can do temperament testing with pet snakes *
(touch nose with palm to test recoil)
firmly just behind head to