October 21st is RAD!

How rad? So rad that it happens to be Reptile Awareness Day!

Lizards, Turtles, & Snakes, Oh my!

Source: pixabay.com

This day was created to help educate those who are not familiar with these creatures, and their habitat loss and threat of extinction.

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, 32 species of our cold blooded friends in the United States are deemed endangered or on the line of extinction. These threats are caused by habitat destruction, invasion of nonnative species, and even climate change. Reptiles are fighting for competition with food, shelter, and protection from predators.

There are more than 10,000 species of reptiles in the world. These creatures are an important part of the food chain, and perform valuable ecosystem services such as seed dispersal, pollination, and control of pest species.

As a reptile pet owner, it is important to know the extra care for your companion. It is highly suggested to do your research before owning a reptile, making sure you can accommodate to their care and health.

For more facts about reptiles, you can go to http://www.reptileknowledge.com/articles/article19.php

-Brought to you by Julie F. and Parkway Small Animal and Exotic Hospital staff



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