In October 2012 we received a report that a pet shop in Kaohsiung was selling Komodo Dragons. After receiving the report, we immediately contacted the Kaohsiung Forestry Bureau and found out the rules and regulations regarding the selling and breeding of protected animals.
The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis),is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands . A member of the monitor lizard family (Varanidae), it is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a maximum length of 3 metres (10 ft) in rare cases and weighing up to around 70 kilograms (150 lb). Komodo dragons hunt and ambush prey including invertebrates, birds, and mammals. Komodo dragons also occasionally attack humans in the area of West Manggarai Regency where they live in Indonesia.They take about eight to 9 years to mature, and are estimated to live up to 30 years. The Komodo dragon has a tail as long as its body, as well as about 60 frequently replaced, serrated teeth that can measure up to 2.5 cm (1 in) in length. Its saliva is frequently blood-tinged, because its teeth are almost completely covered by gingival tissue that is naturally lacerated during feeding. This creates an ideal culture for the bacteria that live in its mouth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon
According to the information found it seemed clear that Komodo Dragons are certainly not suitable as pets. If pet shops were to sell wildlife to people who don’t have the sufficient knowledge in caring for this kind of exotic species, it could cause dangers to the animals as well as the people caring for it.
Thankfully, after the shop had been visited, we realized the lizard they had was a Black Throat Monitor, not a Komodo Dragon. Furthermore, the lizard was the shop owner’s pet, which he’d had for four years, he wasn’t for sale. However, because this pet shop was selling ‘raised’ wildlife, the government officials we were in contact with promised that they would increase their policing of the sale of wildlife in this area (The Black Throat Monitor is viewed as a 2nd class protected animal in Taiwan, see this link for related information)
According to the Taiwan Wildlife Conservation Act, Komodo Dragons are classified as first grade protected animals. To import and export these lizards, one must apply with the central government and to sell/trade them one must apply with the local government.
The Taiwan SPCA thus reminds everyone to not keep wildlife as family pets. After all, wildlife should live in natural habitats, not like a doll on display in a glass showcase.
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