How do the cold blooded differ from your everyday cat and dog? They don’t in terms of being sentient, affectionate and loving. The difference is that reptiles are not companion animals. They are a wild animal, and will display those instincts at certain intervals. Naturally their true place is to live in the wild. Unfortunately there are many species of reptiles sold in pet stores these days, and many of them are still being taken from the wild in order to start breeding programmes.
Taking any animal from the wild is highly illegal here in Australia and the penalties are harsh if one is caught, and is also one of the cruellest acts of selfishness to have an exotic animal to show off to mates at the expense of the animals welfare where they are unable to live life on their own terms. This is one reason we often hear that a snake has strangled his keeper. This is not surprising. The snake is kept inside a glass tank that has inadequate room for him to move about, forcing him to remain coiled up for hours and even days with barely any interaction with his keeper.
He then becomes highly frustrated with this type of situation, which is not natural to him. Imagine if you were locked up in a tiny room unable to move around. For those of you who already keep reptiles, there are quite a few books on how to set up vivarium’s which can be purchased in bookstores or library and online. I highly recommend seeking out people who run “herpetology groups.” These are groups of people who share a common interest in all reptiles. Although these books and groups give you information on setting up enclosures and vivarium’s, there is little information on how to interact with