I met quite a few animal enthusiasts when I worked at a petstore in high school.
- I have to say that there were some interesting folks that frequented the shop, and it was always fun to hear about the new projects they were embarking on for the sake of their pets.
I have to say that the most radical pet owners were those people who obsessed over reptiles, and one couple in particular really takes the cake. They told me that they had recently renovated an entire bedroom of their house to be a reptile sanctuary, complete with temperature and humidity control to keep the reptiles in the perfect environment. This sounds crazy right off the bat, but just wait until you hear the extent of their HVAC installations. Their pets need external heat to stay alive, but the folks didn’t want to give them the same old furnace-driven heat that they used, so instead they installed radiant heated floors. This method of heat would be similar to the small rock ornaments that most people purchase for their terrariums, keeping their lizards comfortable. They also had heat lamps installed in some areas so the lizards could bask as they would in the wild. Finally, they had humidifying machines placed all around the space to keep the air at the perfect relative humidity for their critters, and a few automated misters so they could add extra water to the air at any point with the click of a button. It’s crazy what people will do for the things they love!