Animals in Captivity Part 6

Toronto Zoo Reptile 007

Here are some more shots I have taken of reptiles and amphibians at the zoo. I personally love snakes and lizards, always wanted to have one as a pet, but for some reason I just haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. One thing I notice a lot when it comes to animals is the way they are categorized for our pleasure and understanding. My main example has always been when we think it is okay to experiment on rats, but not necessarily on primates simply due to our personal feelings of association, too much like us, or cute. Even though it is pretty clear that there is a hierarchy of animals based on how humans interact with them there will always be people who see the beauty in all animals regardless of their mass appeal or reputations. Many people have issues with reptiles, specifically snakes, but that doesn’t stop others from keeping them as pets and as a part of their families.

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Animals in Captivity Part 4

Stanley Park Reptiles 003

Next up are the reptiles and amphibians! I have always found it difficult photographing through damp glass and in many of the habitats at the zoos and aquariums they are steamy and moisture locked. Even so I try my best to snap a picture of each. One thing I always think about when I look at reptiles and amphibians on display is that many of the different kinds are also kept as pets. This includes deadly species that could kill if mishandled.