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A multitude of exotic animals lives within homes and jungly backyards of Florida. Flexible strategies for accumulating and selling valuable animals has helped countless Floridians adapt to sweeping changes in political and economic landscapes. Some kinds of valuable critters, like snakes, resist the conditions of their existence in human households. Other animals, some individual birds in particular, have become flexible persons in multispecies families. These animals are temporarily incorporated into the familial sphere, folded into relationships involving love and care, only to be abandoned amid major life changes or sold on the open market as commodities. Pets are required to...

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