On Monday July 16, Kellyville Pets, in collaboration with the NSW Governmentare holding a Python Rescue Day where local families are invited to adopta python as a pet!
Python Rescue Day is a chance to help find new homes for pythons that haveeither escaped from their owners or have been illegally released, or wherethey have been seized by the authorities. The day is a joint initiativebetween Kellyville Pets, the Central Coast Herpetological Society,Wildlife Animal Rescue and Care Society and the NSW Office ofEnvironment and Heritage.
Kellyville Pets will have a range of micro-chipped and vet-checked pythons foradoption, including Carpet, Children’s, Diamond, Hybrid and Jungle Pythons.
“Pythons make great family pets, are low-maintenance to look after if providedwith the right captive environment and have engaging personalities,”Kellyville Pets Reptile Manager Ben Dessen said. “We will have a team ofexperts on hand on the day to help assess the suitability of potential owners– this is a long-term commitment and the welfare of these animals is our firstpriority.
“To that end, Kellyville Pets is donating a ticket to each new owner to attendthe python workshop, covering housing, maintenance and health, feeding, caringand general handling,” Mr Dessen said.
New owners will be required to have enclosures specifically designed forreptiles to prevent these captive animals escaping into the wild.
“Captive held reptiles often do not survive in the wild or could become anissue to native and domestic animals in the area, so it’s very important tohave the right equipment.
“A special thanks to the NSW Government, Central Coast Herpetological Societyand Wildlife ARC for collaborating on this rescue event. And I urge everyoneto stop by Kellyville Pets this Python Rescue Day, even just for a look at thepythons available for adoption,” Mr Dessen said.
The Office of Environment and Heritage will be on site on the day to checklicences and records, and customers will also be able to apply for a licenceif they do not already have one.
Photos – Kellyville Pets
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