Reptiles & More can make good pets in West Virginia if they match your IifestyIe. Reptiles are interesting animals. Many types of reptiles and amphibians are kept as exotic pets. Snakes, turtles, iguanas, and frogs are popular examples. Keeping a reptile as a pet is a tremendous responsibility. Many reptile owners discover that owning a reptile is not as rewarding as they had hoped. Reptiles do not bond with people the way mammals can, and are sometimes neglected for that reason. Also, many people purchase young, small reptiles without being aware of or prepared for their eventual adult size. For example, Burmese Pythons are often bought as pets when they are about two feet long. However, many do not realize that Burmese Pythons are among the largest snakes in the world, with adults averaging 23 feet in length and weighing hundreds of pounds! There is now an established invasive population of Burmese Pythons in Florida due to pet owners releasing the snakes into the wild. Scientists believe these huge snakes will keep spreading out and will one day inhabit one third of the United States! Some owners are not prepared for the long lifespan of a pet reptile. Some species of turtles are known for their extreme longevity. Iguanas can grow to be six feet long and then live for 20 years. Sadly, many captive reptiles suffer from dehydration and kidney problems, poor nutrition, and all other manner of neglect. A person who is truly ready to commit to a reptile pet can alleviate some suffering by adopting an animal rather than purchasing new.
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| The word Reptile comes from the Latin Repere, which means to creep. The breeding or keeping of reptiles is called Herpetoculture. The largest Burmese Python in captivity weighs over 400 pounds and is about 27 feet long.
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West Virginia Animal Rescue
(Sorted by Zip Code.)
Monroe County - Union 24983
Monroe County Animal League 304-772-4445
Jackson County - Cottageville 25239
Jackson County Animal Shelter 304-372-6064
Morgan County - Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
Humane Society of Morgan County 304-258-5592
Jefferson County - Charles Town, West Virginia 25414
Briggs Animal Adoption Center 304-728-8330
Cabell County - Barboursville, West Virginia 25504
Help For Animals 800-953-7297
Cabell County - Huntington 25705
Tri-State Animal Clinic of Huntington 304-525-VETS
Harrison County - Shinnston, WV 26431
Humane Society of Harrison County 304-592-1600
Hampshire County - Augusta 26704
Humane Society of Hampshire County 304-496-8855
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