Captive-Bred "Herps" Make Good Pets While Wild Cousins Monitor Health of Environment
By Carrie Gustavson
University of Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine
"Reptiles and amphibians make good pets, but they also raise awareness of the environment. In the wild, these animals are especially good indicators of environmental problems such as habitat loss and pollution," says Katie Heinz, fourth-year veterinary student at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana. Heinz keeps several reptiles and amphibians-"herps"-and is concentrating her studies in her final year of veterinary school on herpetology and conservation medicine.
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