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 What are your thoughts on release?

I have a large adult male Brown Basilisc. He was found by some people at Universal Studios and they didn’t know what to do with him so they gave hime to me. I know Basiliscs are not native to Florida but I guess there is a large wild population from former pets being lost or released. He was pretty beat up and chewed on but appears very docile. I have him in a 5ft tall, 3 ft wide enclosure outside (When it’s nice out) I figure he was used to being outside. He has leafy branches to climb, which he does, and a large water dish. He is under an overhang so he can get in out of the sun if he wants to. He eats well, poops a lot and is active.
I’ve had him for about 2 months and he’s seems very healthy but I don’t think he is happy in his enclosure. I’m pretty sure this guy was loose on his own for a long time, maybe even born in the wild but he is very docile when handled so it’s possible he was a loose pet.
Here’s my question. Would it be considered unethical to re-release him since he was wild to begin with or do they just have no right being loose here in Florida? Normally I would NEVER release a pet of any kind into the wild.



05/04/08  12:04am

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  Message To: Stina   In reference to Message Id: 1724542


 What are your thoughts on release?

do not release!



05/04/08  05:04pm

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  Message To: Stina   In reference to Message Id: 1724542


 What are your thoughts on release?

If you release it, you risk having some kid catching it and doing who knows what with it. And it may be relying on you for its basic needs. But it could have all the space it wants.
If it was me, i would keep it, just because i dont know where it would end up.

-suicidepill



05/04/08  05:51pm

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Stina
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  Message To: Dislimbed   In reference to Message Id: 1725101


 What are your thoughts on release?

Yeah...I guess he’s still better off with me then going back out to fend for himself. I hadn’t even thought of the possability of him being re-captured.



05/04/08  10:53pm

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  Message To: Stina   In reference to Message Id: 1725429


 What are your thoughts on release?

You should never release an animal that is not native to where you are. These species can sometimes out compete native species and ruin a habitat.



05/05/08  07:07pm

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Stina
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  Message To: Xurbanclimberx   In reference to Message Id: 1726242


 What are your thoughts on release?

Xurbanclimberx I know that you should NEVER release an animal if it is not native. The reason I was asking about THIS one is because it was already wild here in Florida...it was found loose by some people where I work so I was wondering which was the lesser of to evils. Releasing a non-native animal (I know there is a wild Basilisk population here although they are not originally from here) or keeping a previously wild animal in captivity. (Although I guess he could have been a pet that someone lost or released)
It was actually someone on here in one of my earlier posts about this basilisk that suggested I re-release him which is actually what got me thinking about it.
That being said...I believe your statement would still stand....."Do not release a non-native animal"



05/06/08  09:49pm


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