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Exotic pet owners not always prepared for upkeep

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Some people don't prefer snakes, lizards and other scaly animals as pets, but for those who do, it takes some work. Pet shop owners say just because you want one doesn't mean you should get one - especially without doing some homework first.

David Ballard sells all types of exotic animals at Animal Trax, but it's caring for them that he says some people aren't ready for.

"I see customers come in, they want something big because they saw it on the Discovery Channel or Animal Planet and they want one too and they don't have a thorough idea of what you have to provide and what you have to do to meet the needs of larger-bodied reptiles," Ballard explains.

Ballard says when it comes to owning pets, it pays to do all your research before you take it home.

"It's important that you understand what's required in order to be able to care for your pet and of course some animals require greater considerations," says Ballard.

Those considerations include caging, diet, proper lighting, and heat - all are important when dealing with reptiles for pets.

"When you're dealing with snakes that have greater feed requirements, they may have a greater feed response or need more space," Ballard says. "There are a lot of these animals that people enjoy, but it's not your average household pet or the pet to bring home to the kids, necessarily."

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