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Concerns for our health and the environment are fueling a rising interest in high quality, locally sourced meat. Reptiles are ideally suited to backyard production and a wide variety of species lend themselves to this healthy and rewarding form of sustainable food security.
Some reptile species thrive in tropical agricultural landscapes. A growing number of these hyper-abundant species are now managed through well-regulated sustainable use programs, much like a miniature cattle ranches. Rangeland reptile harvests are an important nature-based industry in many oil palm and rice growing regions.
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