More and more young people in China
have become obsessed with reptile pets, like little water snakes,
mini-crocodiles and lizards, as traditional pets like cats and dogs are now
A girl plays with a little water
snake, twined around her arm, at a night market on a downtown Yantai
market, east China's Shangdong Province on Sunday night, July 22, 2007.
According to Tuesday's shm.com.cn reports, over 100-thousand people across
the country have registered as online members of a "strange pets" forum over the
The website report says that one reason why people adopt reptile pets is that
they love them dearly and just regard them as up-close. What's more, keeping
such a strange pet can satisfy their need to express their own unique
personality and novel take on today's "fashionable" society.
A fashionably dressed girl, for example, was seen playing with a little water
snake, twined around her arm, at a downtown night market in Yantai, east China's
Shangdong Province on Sunday Night, the website reports.
A shopkeeper at the market said most of his customers are young people,
especially girls. Such reptile pets never bite because they are tamed, he added.
However, a surgeon expert warns that it is dangerous for people who are
unfamiliar with the nature of reptile animals to keep pets like snakes and
lizards, because their innate aggressiveness cannot be gauged from their
appearance. He said such reptile animals may carry pathogens and helminthes that
are harmful to human health.