Reptile and Amphibian Keeping in Britain Before 1914

The keeping of amphibians and reptiles in Britain has waxed and waned over the years. I had no idea that the activity was so popular before the First World War and was interested to read this account in Water Life, volume 2, 1937 of a meeting of the Richmond and District Aquarist’s Society. ‘Amphibius’, who was always referred to by that pseudonym, gave a talk in which, he regretted the decline of interest in reptiles, etc., during the post-War period and attributed it to the increasing enthusiasm for exotic fishes and the apathy of the dealers, who fail now to get the varied and interesting shipments they got before 1914.

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