Exotic animal owners share deep bond with pets, despite critics' concerns

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PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - Tank clambers onto Gord Perry's shoulder, rests his black and white head in the crook of the man's neck and stays still as his back is stroked.

The lizard — an Argentine tegu about 1.2 metres long — is just one of more than a dozen exotic animals, mostly reptiles, owned by the 47-year-old resident of Peterborough, Ont.

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