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Reptiles and amphibians as pets Although I would never denigrate the work being done by members of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, I do not think that reptiles and amphibians should be encouraged as pets. 1 When I

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companion mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. 1,2 Katie Burns is to be congratulated on bringing these species to the attention of the profession as a whole. However, we noted with some regret that there appeared to be a serious omission in that both

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licensed researchers) at several conferences (eg, annual meeting of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians) and universities (eg, the University of Georgia) every year. We hope these remarks have clarified our position and will encourage

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examine and treat a variety of aquatic animals from marine mammals and sea birds to reptiles, amphibians, finfish, shellfish, and other invertebrates. Many aquatic veterinarians in private practice have clients who are aquarium and koi pond keepers or are

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note that “cats have been implicated in the extinction of 40 bird, 21 mammal, and 2 reptile species” but fail to acknowledge that these are extinctions from Australia, New Zealand, and small islands and that, in many cases, the precise cause of

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by unowned rather than owned cats. 3 A review 4 of data obtained from 82 wildlife rehabilitation centers throughout North America over a 3.5-year period found that “ [g]reater numbers of birds than reptiles, amphibians, or mammals were admitted for

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. Other recent outbreaks of human Salmonella infections have been linked to contact with African dwarf frogs, hedgehogs, guinea pigs, hamsters, small turtles, and even frozen rodents used to feed reptiles. Pet turtles remain an important source of

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attacking and killing behaviors are not linked to the satiety centers of their brain. 4 They injure and kill small animals because it is instinctive. Hundreds of millions, possibly more than a billion, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and small mammals are

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. Lord's survey that would have made it more complete and useful is “Free-roaming cats yearly kill tens to hundreds of millions of wild birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish,” followed by her six responses. Without this statement or one

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.4.343 3. Bickler PE Buck LT . Hypoxia tolerance in reptiles, amphibians, and fishes: life with variable oxygen availability . Annu Rev Physiol 2007 ; 69 : 145 – 170 . 10.1146/annurev.physiol.69.031905.162529 4. Nilsson GE . Gill remodeling

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