I can't speak for anyone else here, but to be very clear, I didn't say you need credentials. I said there's no real utility or benefit for this type of thing on a hobby level.Why you think I need a credential to teach simple behaviours to my pets?
Haven't had to weigh a frog (or a snake, or a monitor, or a gecko, or a chelonian, etc.) in many years of keeping these animals. That's a solution looking for a problem.If something stuff like weighting,
Both unnecessary. As for 'stimulus', that's an interesting point, but how do you gauge what's stimulating vs. what's stressful for a small neo-tropical dart frog? Honest question. What follows is another question:[...] head count, visual health checks, and stimulus to the captive animal don't convince you guys, I don't know what will, maybe because would be fun? Interact other than just watch them maybe?
How can you provide stimulation for the animal's built-in, evolved suite of instincts?
These things come to mind immediately:
- Providing a lot of space in multiple dimensions
- Providing a variety of prey items, novel situations to forage and hunt for those items (e.g. heights, in leaf litter etc.)
- Simulating wet and dry seasons and weather
- Simulating fresh deadfall -- the frogs will investigate novel items
As for fun and interaction, I get plenty from daily maintenance and feeding of the little monsters. If I wanted more interaction in a more traditional "pet" sense, I'd probably just get a budgie, a cat or a chipmunk or a rat...all of which make better "pets" in the traditional sense than a dart frog ever will.
So if someone disagrees with you and provides reasons for doing so, they're "close minded"? LOL....come on. You may want to re-think that last bit.I didn't expect you guys, in a group of frogs, would be so close minded to teach frogs things