Captive Bred VS Captive Raised VS Wild Caught, What's the Difference?

Why as a Customer is it Important to Know the Difference Between Captive Bred, Captive Raised, and Wild Caught?

Captive bred and captive raised animals tend to be more suitable for the pet trade due to better health and behavioral traits. Wild caught animals often require more intensive care and may not thrive in captivity. However, there are cases where captive bred animals might lack certain natural behaviors or adaptations. It's important to consider ethical and conservation aspects when choosing between these options. The term Captive bred, captive raised, and wild caught are often used to describe the origin of animals in the pet trade, especially reptiles and fish. They have different meanings and implications for the health, behavior, and conservation of the animals.


Captive bred animals are those that are born in captivity to captive bred parents. This means that they have never lived in the wild and are more accustomed to human care and handling. Captive bred animals are usually healthier, tamer, and have better genetics than wild caught ones. They are also less likely to carry parasites or diseases that can harm them or other animals. Captive bred animals are sometimes labeled as F0, F1, or F2, depending on how many generations they have been bred in captivity.


Captive raised or captive farmed animals are those that are born in captivity to wild caught parents. This means that their parents were taken from the wild and kept in a pen or enclosure where they could breed and produce offspring. Captive raised animals are not the same as captive bred ones, as they have minimal human contact, less genetic diversity, and more health issues. Captive raised animals are often sold as captive bred, but they are not.


Wild caught animals are those that were born in the wild to non-captive parents, and then taken into captivity for the pet trade. Wild caught animals are often more aggressive, more difficult to tame, less healthy, and more likely to die in captivity than captive bred ones. They also have a negative impact on the wild populations and ecosystems, as they reduce the genetic diversity and abundance of the species. Wild caught animals are sometimes labeled as LTC or long-term captive, if they have been kept in captivity for a while


I hope this helps you understand the difference between captive bred, captive raised, and wild caught animals. Please contact us if you have any questions. Contact Us