I think that unfortuanately price contributes greatly to the number of impulse purchases and that's the worst scenario for abuse and disposable pets.
I'm not sure what the best solution to this problem is, but sometimes I feel that herps should be sold through breeders only, who can teach better husbandry and handling skills than most pet stores, particularly the big chains. In order for a store to be allowed to sell herps, employees should be able to demonstrate good teaching skills and a decent general knowledge of reptile husbandry. Yet when laws against herps are passed, it seems like breeders and keepers are hardest hit and the stores are the last to suffer. Ironic.
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