Reptile Awareness Day Celebrates Herps
Sunday marks Reptile Awareness Day, an annual holiday dedicated to celebrating the joys and benefits of all reptiles. It also promotes education, conservation and appreciation for reptiles as pets and in the wild. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing. According to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association’s (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, there are 4.7 million U.S. households that own reptiles and more than 9 million reptiles owned in the U.S.
Reptiles can be fascinating pets. Some make great first pets and others are more appropriate for experienced reptile keepers and hobbyists. That’s why it’s important for anyone considering getting a reptile to do the research first. They require unique care, more than just feeding and cleaning their terrarium.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) works on educating hobbyists and have even created industry-created small animal care standards to provide guidance for reptile hobbyists and professionals to ensure healthy pets are provided to loving homes.
PIJAC is helping put on the 2018 Herp Symposium: Issues in Reptile & Amphibian Conservation & Culture, which will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the USDA facility in Riverdale, Md. This event is geared towards herpetologists, public health officials, veterinarians and pet industry professionals interested in learning more about the responsible regulation and management of herps in the wild and as pets. The two-day event was created to inform attendees and foster discussion from all viewpoints on today’s most important legal, regulatory, health, and conservation issues impacting the management of reptiles and amphibians in the wild, as pets, and their role as a complement to our natural resources here in the United States.
No matter where you are on Reptile Awareness Day, we encourage those who own reptiles to share why their reptile is best for their lifestyle and check out PIJAC’s resources for reptile ownership here.