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naja-naja
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usual scaremongering in an irish newspaper

Postby naja-naja » Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:42 pm

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/10 ... 46123.html

claims there are 100,000 deadly reptiles kept in Ireland... includes harmless cornsnakes, bearded dragons, and tarantulas among that number :/
the reality is while there may be 100,000 reptiles kept in Ireland, there is no way to know. there could be a lot more, or a lot less. as far as deadly reptiles go, there are a fair amount or large snake species kept but only 20-30 individual animals of a size to potentially kill anyone. as for venomous snakes, there are maybe 50-200 in the country, most of them owned by people with more then one, I would say there are less than 100 venomous snake keepers here. there are about 50-80 crocodilians kept here, the vast majority of which are spectacled caiman, with dwarf caiman coming a distant second, all other species combined would be about 10% of the total population. The vast majority of these animals are small specimens, under 3 feet long and incapable of injuring humans. the spectacled caiman gets to around 8 feet long and while it can injure, it is highly unlikely that it would be able to kill an average, healthy, full grown adult human. There are less than 5 animals in the country of a size capable to kill or seriously injure a person.

this 'story' is basically this one guy's attempt to boost donations for his sanctuary (basically animals he got for free, that he wants public donations to pay for and also live off those donations himself) he doesn't even have any big or dangerous animals to cater for, he has a few dozen reptiles, mostly bearded dragons and sliders because they are the most common, and the odd boa or cornsnake etc here and there, and he also takes in goats and ponies... nice gig if you can get it! free animals, their care paid for, no need to work, it's a small collection doesn't need too much minding....

but donations must be down, hence this article! he claims to want laws like they have in the UK, a dangerous wild animals schedule. however the only reptiles that the uk laws restrict are venomous snakes and lizards, and crocodiles. his scamtuary, as far as i am aware, does not have any of those species, or any other mammal or bird species listed on that act.
1.4 burmese pythons
0.1 indian pythons
0.1 boa constrictors
1.1 macklott's pythons
1.2 reticulated pythons
0.1 blue tegu
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Faolchú
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Re: usual scaremongering in an irish newspaper

Postby Faolchú » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:16 am

Is there a link (website or facebook or something) to his sanctuary?

Sadly, there always seems to be a few like this. And it scares people even more than any Animal Rights activist speaking out too I bet, because people will see that this guy has reptiles and will think he'd therefore know what he's talking about. Scaremongering is the worst icon-sad It ends up with responsible owners having their animals taken from them, even if it's as non-lethal as you can get. Here in the UK I've seen so many news articles on the dangers of snakes getting loose because some harmless royal python escaped and made its way to a neighbour's garden.
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Re: usual scaremongering in an irish newspaper

Postby naja-naja » Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:03 pm

search national exotic animal sancturay (NEAS)
1.4 burmese pythons
0.1 indian pythons
0.1 boa constrictors
1.1 macklott's pythons
1.2 reticulated pythons
0.1 blue tegu

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