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Mick

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I am the co-founder of Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue ( Wichita Falls, Tx. ). We provide temporary to permanent sanctuary, medical care, and adoption, to needy reptiles of all types ( turtles, tortoises, lizards, and snakes ). We are, first and foremost, reptile educators and care advisors. In this way we hope that we can prevent many animals from needing to be rescued or re-homed in the first place. We are experienced in many different specific reptile species, including: Geckos, Anoles, Iguanas, Bearded Dragons, Monitors, aquatic and box turtles, tortoises, colubrid and venomous snakes, and Horned Lizards. We can advise you about a variety of captive care issues, and are available to speak to the public about the study and conservation of reptiles in the wild. We also have previous experience in dog and squirrel rescue organizations, with rabbits, and with some wild and domestic birds. We continue to rescue squirrels in our area with much success, and work closely with our partners, of Southwest Oklahoma Animal Rescue. We can assist in emergencies with these and many other animals; or, direct you to someone or another appropriate rescue group who can help.

Experience in the area

I am an amatuer herpetologist, with 20 years experience with reptiles. I am a reptile rescuer and subscriber to the International Veterinary Information Service, and member of the Horned Lizard Conservation Society. I have medical and scientific resources available, and have had to learn herp medical care over the years. I am not a vet, but I read from the same materials and have had to correct a few in the past, as it related to reptiles. I have a yahoogroup dedicated to the conservation and husbandry of Horned Lizards. My specific area of expertise is in Chelonians ( primary- Box Turtles ), Phrynosoma ( Horned Lizards ), and Crotalids ( primary-Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes ); though I have some knowledge and/or experience also with aquatic turtles ( Red Eared Sliders ), tortoises, monitors, many other smaller lizards, and with some colubrid snakes. I am currently the caretaker of 13 Horned Lizards ( 10 rescues ), 9 Box Turtles ( 7 in rescue ), 1 Tortoise, 1 Red Eared Slider ( rescue ), 2 Leopard Geckos, 1 Golden Gecko ( rescue ), 1 African Wall Gecko ( rescue ), 4 Mediterranean Geckos, 2 Bahama Anoles ( rescues ), 1 Ca. Kingsnake, 1 Brazilian Rainbow Boa, 1 Bullsnake, 5 Fox Squirrels ( in rescue ), and 1 Budgie.

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Co-Founder:
Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue
http://freewebs.com/wichitafallsreptilerescue
Founder:
Horned Lizards YahooGroup
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hornedlizards
Member:
Horned Lizard Conservation Society

Publications

The Horned Lizard Husbandry Manual - self published 26 pages of care information. Wikipedia entry "Horned Lizards" - contributed to a majority of the content.

Education/Credentials

20 years of field and captive husbandry EXPERIENCE.

Past/Present Clients

I was requested to provide my care sheet on the Desert Horned Lizard ( Phrynosoma platyrhinos ), for the Montreal zoo.

What do you like about this subject?

Reptiles are less well understood than mammals or birds. Even an amatuer, but dedicated keeper can to add the the base of knowledge through careful observation. Reptiles are very instinctual and do only what they must do to survive. It is in a way a purely logical existence. They can have no malicious intent behind their actions, contrary to man.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

To make the general public more knowledgeable and less fearful of reptiles, to promote the general welfare of the much maligned and less respected reptile, and to challenge the average reptile keeper to improve their husbandry skills.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Some reptiles can be conditioned/trained, and many species of tortoises may rival the intelligence of canines. Some, such as tortoises and Iguanas, are very social and can recognize individual persons. Pain in reptiles is misunderstood by the average person because they cannot whine or whimper, and may not react as expected; however, they do feel pain.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Reptiles are not suitable pets for children, and knowledge of average buyers is usually lacking. Reptiles are not considered cuddly, so are commonly mistreated or kept in improper conditions even in chain pet stores which claim to put animals "first". Everyone jumps through hoops when a bunny or kitty is in a cold or unclean habitat. Hardly an eyebrow is raised in these places for the reptile.

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Recent Answers from Mick

2012-12-22 Assaulted donkey in Ocala, FL:

I'm sorry but I'm not familiar with this case, and it would be a little outside my area of expertise and jurisdiction since it deals with a domestic in the state of FL. My expertise is more so exotics

2012-06-06 Dog Bite:

Those are very nervous and not very socially outgoing breeds of dog as it is, and if she was an abused or neglected rescue, it just gets even worse. Your dog had a nervous sensory overload and was not

2010-08-18 Baby chicks need rehabilition:

Check online for DFW cares yahoogroup. There are a lot of animal activists of all types there. If not, I am not far away and I know people down there. Email me through my website at wichitafallsreptilerescue

2010-01-10 abused cocker spaniel:

Seek a skilled dog socialization specialist, and I don't mean the trainer at the local petco. You have to let the dog know there are boundaries, and be consistent with them. You also may be a little premature

2009-10-06 rescued beagle from a "puppy farm":

Well first they have to see you as the alpha, or at least that you are higher in the chain of command than they are, and know not to challenge you whatever the circumstance. This can be corrected, but

 

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