Certainly people do still keep them. And I would agree with you that some do it simply because they are so big and active. However this does not by any means make them suitable animals for the pet trade.A. gigas;4483396; said:but people still keep those don't they?
also, those traits may be considered desirable by many people. big pythons are often kept simply because they are so big, and an active animal is almost always more attractive in terms of viewing.
i would love one, i really like the patterns. although i dont think i would pay that much for one.. unless i could breed them
I would argue that almost even some of the most experienced hobbyists are still grossly ill equipped with both the facilities, and understanding required to keep the Varanids I mentioned above both mentally and physically healthy for the entirety of their lifespans.
As an example of just how unsuitable they are, if you google the phrase "croc monitor" these are the first pictures you get. Keep in mind, these were both inflicted by a "tame" croc monitor.
Please understand that I've been keeping reptiles for the past 18 years and now study them as a researcher. I whole heartedly defend the right to keep reptiles as pets, but I also believe very strongly that it is animals such as the ones we're talking about here that are the cause for the best arguments against our hobby.