Blog - Legal Updates Reptiles and Amphibians en Serendipity 2.3.5 - Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:25:50 GMT RSS: Blog - Legal Updates - Reptiles and Amphibians 100 21 ALERT: Texas - Name Update to Burmese rules Legal Updates 0 ( <br /> <!-- s9ymdb:40204 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> Two Texas bills are currently working their way through the legislature that will update the names in their existing law. This change is including the Burmese Pythons, which were previously considered a subspecies of <em>Python molurus </em>on their listing to full species status. Be aware, this is already a law and it is just an update to the nomenclature. <br /> <blockquote>Below is the list of species included in the regulation that requires a TP&W permit. There are two permits available: one for possession and one for commercial business This is already law! The bill just adds the Burmese python and hybrids to the list. Bold text is the new language:<br /> <br /> (a) The commission by rule shall establish permits that allow permit holders to possess or transport in this state a live nonindigenous snake, including a hybrid of any kind, that is:<br /> (1) venomous; or<br /> (2) constrictor that is one of the following:<br /> (A) African rock python, Python sebae;<br /> (B) Asiatic rock python, Python molurus;<br /> (C) Burmese python, Python bivittatus;<br /> (D) green anaconda, Eunectes murinus;<br /> (E) reticulated python, Python reticulatus; or<br /> (F) southern African python, Python natalensis.<br /> <br /> The bill also adds this text:<br /> <br /> (c) If it is shown at the trial of the defendant for a violation of this subchapter or a rule adopted under this subchapter that the defendant has engaged in a commercial activity without holding a required permit and the defendant has been previously convicted of a violation of this subchapter or a rule adopted under this subchapter, on conviction the defendant shall be punished for a Class B Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor.</blockquote><br /> <br /> For more information, visit the USARK page on this <a href="">here</a>. Tue, 02 Mar 2021 07:19:46 -0600 ACTION ALERT: NEW YORK Shipping ban legislation proposed Legal Updates 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:40204 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> Recently New York State has proposed wide sweeping legislation preventing shipping of animals by "any mail carrier", which would also include frequently used outlets such as FexEx and UPS, which both allow the shipment of live animals with rules and restrictions. This includes shipping both to and from the state and aims ban the shipping of all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.<br /> <br /> USARK has already set up a page including contact information for all legislative representatives involved and even a sample letter for you to personalize. You can read the full bill and access all needed information on USARK's page for New York <a href="">here</a>.<br /> <br /> Be sure at all times to remain calm and polite when reaching out to representatives on this matter. Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:32:13 -0600 FWC moves forward with rule change in Florida Legal Updates 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:40099 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> The Florida Fish and Wildlife commission has moved ahead with their proposed rule change regarding a variety of species from Iguanas to Anaconda. This includes a ban on ownership of several species. If you already own these animals, there are a variety of changes in your ownership, but you still make keep the animals. The species impacted are:<br /> <br /> Green iguana (Iguana iguana)<br /> All Tegus (genera Salvator and Tupinambis, all species)<br /> Reticulated python (Python reticulatus)<br /> Indian and Burmese python (Python molurus and Python bivittatus)<br /> Northern African python (Python sebae)<br /> Southern African python (Python natalensis)<br /> Amethystine python (Morelia amethistinus)<br /> Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)<br /> Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus)<br /> Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus)<br /> <br /> USARKFL has a breakdown of restrictions, including ownership, breeding and sales info <a href="">here</a>. <br /> ?<br /> Be sure you are following <a href="">USARK</a> to help fight future legislation. Sat, 27 Feb 2021 00:59:00 -0600 ACTION ALERT: ILLINOIS - Illinois House Bill 3889 Featured Contributor Legal Updates News Briefs 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:39158 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> We have an urgent action alert from USARK regarding the return of the "animal program ban" that has returned in Illinois. As it is written, it could end even the most common of after school educational programs. From USARK:<br /> <br /> <blockquote>This bill bans much more than lions jumping through rings of fire. It is a ban on taking a Greek tortoise into a classroom for an educational program about reptiles. It is a ban on taking a ball python, a red-eyed tree frog, a parakeet, and a hedgehog into a library for an educational show discussing the differences between reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. It is a ban on llamas and any other non-traditional livestock at the State Fair or county 4-H fairs. Basically, if an animal non-native to Illinois is placed into a vehicle and taken to any location where someone will see it, other than a veterinarian in a private room, then it would become an illegal activity, and you a criminal. You could receive a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for taking a leopard gecko into your child’s classroom for a presentation.</blockquote><br /> <br /> The Chicago Herpetological Society hosts the largest and oldest hands-on reptile exhibit in the country. It reaches tens of thousands of people annually and this bill could destroy it. It could end programs coming to your child's school, day care or scouting program. The impact to the reptile community in Illinois would be devastating. <br /> <br /> USARK has detailed instructions for reaching out to representatives and what we as a community can do <a href="">here</a>. <br /> <br /> Sun, 21 Feb 2021 17:41:06 -0600 ACTION ALERT: MI introduces "dangerous animal" legislation Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:39158 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" />On December 1, 2020 House Bill 6455 (HB6455) was introduced in Michigan that could impact many reptiles keepers. The reptile portion of the bill does primarily impact ownership of venomous, crocodilians and some monitor species. While it is not an outright ban and offers provisions for owners to keep their pets, it can have very far reaching implications. <br /> <br /> The reptiles impacted by the Bill are:<br /> <blockquote>“Dangerous reptiles” per HB6455:<br /> <br /> (I) A member of the order Crocodilia, including, but not limited to, an alligator, crocodile, gharial, or caiman.<br /> (ii) A member of the family Atractaspidae.<br /> (iii) A member of the species Dispholidus typus of the family Colubridae.<br /> (iv) A member of the family Elapidae, including, but not limited to, a cobra, mamba, krait, coral snake, or Australian tiger snake.<br /> (v) A member of the family Hydrophiidae, including, but not limited to, a sea snake.<br /> (vi) A water monitor or crocodile monitor.<br /> (vii) A member of the family Viperidae, including, but not limited to, a rattlesnake, cottonmouth, bushmaster, puff adder, or gaboon viper.</blockquote><br /> <br /> Our friends at USARK have made it easy to speak out to your representatives. Please visit the USARK page <a href="">here</a> for the full action alert. Fri, 04 Dec 2020 06:30:00 -0600 FL UPDATE: Judge Rules Changes are Unconstitutional Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:40099 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> There was some great news regarding the regulation changes for Florida; including Tegus, Iguanas and a selection of large constrictors. <br /> <br /> This is the announcement from <a href="">USARKFL</a>:<br /> <blockquote>We have some news... good news. The judge agreed with USARK FL and found that SB1414 is in fact unconstitutional! We will post full details soon but the judge granted our motion for summary judgment and now we just await his formal order stating the same. Thank you to everyone who supported us. Please keep the donations coming! We must still pay for this lawsuit and future actions. What a win!<br /> <br /> NOTE: This will take a few days to all be finalized and for FWC to rescind their Executive Order. We also do not know if FWC will appeal. Also, by "unconstitutional" we mean the Florida Constitution, not the U.S. Constitution. This is a state lawsuit against a state agency, not a federal lawsuit.</blockquote><br /> <br /> Please stay tuned to both USARK and USARKFL to follow updates and please continue to support USARK. They are getting things done! Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:41:15 -0500 Invasive Fish and Wildlife act introduced Legal Updates 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:39158 --><img class="serendipity_image_left" width="250" srcset="" src="" alt="" />HR6362 has been introduced and is titled the “Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018.” The bill was introduced by Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and with no co-sponsors. This<br /> <br /> USARK broke down the bill and what it intends to do in plain english for us:<br /> <br /> Makes illegal the transportation of injurious species between states: “it is unlawful for any person… to import into the United States or transport between States any wildlife designated as an injurious wildlife…”<br /> Creates a list of species which are “not in trade” and those species cannot be imported or transported between states unless or until they are reviewed by the Secretary;<br /> Ambiguously defines “not in trade” species as those non-native species that are not “widely” imported or transported between states (i.e. no definition for the word widely) within the past year;<br /> Within three years from the effective date, a list of all ‘‘wildlife not in trade to the United States’’ must be compiled and that list reviewed to see if any of those species should be designated as injurious;<br /> Allows for an immediately effective emergency rule to add species as injurious;<br /> Requires the establishment of an electronic database for imports of all wildlife which identifies injurious species;<br /> States that the Secretary of the Interior possesses authority to regulate wildlife pathogens and parasites (i.e. Bsal) which currently falls under the jurisdiction of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA);<br /> Makes less burdensome (easier) the listing of species as injurious;<br /> Creates the “Injurious Wildlife Prevention Fund” funded by a new “user fee” (i.e., tax) on wildlife imports.<br /> <br /> For more information, visit the USARK notice <a href="">here</a>. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:03:09 -0500 Maine to enact new regulations impacting reptile keepers Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs 0 ( <center><!-- s9ymdb:38612 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br />A burrowing frog floating quietly between the bleating calls.</center><br /> Despite overwhelming support against the law change from residents and pet owners in the state, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries &amp; Wildlife has passed a rule increasing fines for illegal wildlife ownership, making it harder for those who wish to breed, buy or sell, new ownership restrictions for exotic pets and lastly a third party contractor will be in charge of inspections. <br /> <br /> From <a href=""></a>:<br /> <blockquote> Before that vote, opinions about the rule changes were mixed. In a public comment period earlier this summer, the agency received a couple hundred letters, said Nate Webb, a biologist with the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.<br /> <br /> At a public hearing in June, a few Mainers and non-Mainers supported the changes, arguing they will ensure animals are treated better while in captivity.<br /> <br /> But a greater number of attendees at the June hearing — including breeders, collectors, rehabilitators and researchers — expressed concern about the proposal .</blockquote><br /> <br /> We will be watching closely to see when the full rules are posted. Shame on Maine, your residents spoke up and you did not listen. <br /> <br /> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:25:49 -0500 ACTION ALERT Oregon state Feature Blogger Legal Updates 0 ( <center><!-- s9ymdb:38299 --><img class="serendipity_image_left" width="620" height="288" srcset="" src="" alt="" /></center><br /> This action alert just came in from USARK. Oregon has the ability to change laws through a rulemaking process which is faster, however reduces our time to respond. <br /> <br /> <blockquote>ACTION ALERT Oregon state: Comment by March 4.<br /> <br /> The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has proposed some rule changes which will negatively impact both native and exotic animal keepers. The changes may even harm the animals by requiring sterilization of animals that are rarely, if ever, sterilized. While good intention may be the basis for these proposals, ODFW may not be aware of the negative impacts associated with the new rules.<br /> <br /> One big change is that it will be illegal to keep animals listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). This list includes many non-native species that have been kept and bred in the U.S. for many decades, hence, not affecting wild populations. That list includes not only herps like Radiated tortoises, but many macaws, other birds, fish and even chinchillas. which are commonly kept as pets.</blockquote><br /> <br /> View the full ACTION ALERT at USARK's website <a href="" title="">here</a>. Fri, 26 Feb 2016 22:43:33 -0600 FWS lists 201 Salamanders as injurious, bars importation, interstate transport,-bars-importation,-interstate-transport.html Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs,-bars-importation,-interstate-transport.html#comments 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:38263 --><center><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" height="413" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br />Fire Salamander - Gallery Photo by <a href="" title="">firereptiles</a></center><br /> To help prevent a deadly fungus from killing native salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing an interim rule tomorrow to list 201 salamander species as injurious wildlife and barring their importation into the United States and interstate trade of those already in the country.<br /> <br /> The fungus <em>Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans</em> also known as Bsal or salamander chytrid, has wreaked havoc on salamander species overseas and poses an imminent threat to native salamanderpopulations. The fungus is not yet known to be found in the United States, and to help ensure it remains that way, the Service is publishing an interim rule that will take effect on January 28, 2016. <br /> <br /> A species can be listed under the Lacey Act because it is injurious to the health and welfare of humans; the interests of forestry, agriculture, or horticulture; or the welfare and survival of wildlife or the resources that wildlife depend upon. In listing these species, the Service is responding to science that shows that Bsal is an imminent threat to U.S. wildlife.<br /> <br /> For more information please visit <a href="" title="">this link</a><br /> <br /> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:58:31 -0600 Black Pine Snakes Added to Threatened and Endangered Species List Featured Contributor Legal Updates News Briefs 0 (Jeff Barringer) <center><!-- s9ymdb:4045 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /></center><br /> In what is likely to be the first of a number of reptilian additions the Black Pine Snake, <em>Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi</em>, has been added to the USFWS Threatened and Endangered Species List. Found in southwestern Alabama through southeastern Mississippi into eastern Louisiana, Black Pine Snakes are the only melanistic pine snake, ranging in coloration from an overall black and brown banded snake to a nearly jet-black animal. A threatened designation means a species is at risk of becoming endangered within the foreseeable future. The snake’s threatened status allows the USFWS to include exemptions allowing certain management activities to continue to occur with protection from the loss, injury or harassment.<br /> <blockquote>“We crafted the exemptions to provide landowners flexibility to manage for their objectives while still affording conservation benefits to the black pinesnake,” - Cindy Dohner, USFWS Southeast Regional Director. </blockquote><br /> The Black Pine Snake’s decline is primarily attributed to the loss and degradation of the longleaf pine ecosystem because of habitat fragmentation, fire suppression, conversion of natural pine forests to densely stocked pine plantations, and agricultural and urban development. Other threats to the snake’s survival include road mortality and killing by humans.<br /> <br /> The Black Pine Snake was added to the US Fish and Wildlife Services list of candidates for federal protection in 1999, and the Service published a proposed rule to list the black pinesnake as threatened on October 7, 2014. The black pinesnake final listing becomes effective on November 5, 2015 which is 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register on October 6, 2015. The decision is part of the Service’s effort to implement a court-approved settlement under an agreement aimed at significantly reducing it's current litigation-driven workload. <br /> <br /> To read the USFWS Press Release <a href="" title="">click here</a>. Gallery photo by user <a href="" title="">noMad627</a> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:44:00 -0500 USFWS to review 14 reptiles and amphibians for endangered status Featured Contributor Legal Updates News Briefs 0 (Jeff Barringer) <center><!-- s9ymdb:4045 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /></center><br /> The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating status reviews for 14 petitions that presented substantial information that the species may warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act . The Service will initiate a review of the status of each of the reptile and amphibian species listed below. To ensure that these reviews are comprehensive, the Service is requesting scientific and commercial data and other information for each species. Based on the status reviews, the Service will address whether the petitioned action is warranted.<br /> <br /> To see the listing and the information request, click on a species link below.<br /> <TABLE align='center'><TR> <TD><span class="medtextnorm"><ul><li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0080">Cascade torrent salamander</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R1-ES-2015-0083">Columbia torrent salamander</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0092">Inyo Mountains salamander</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0093">Kern Plateau salamander</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0097">Lesser slender salamander</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0099">Limestone salamander</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0106">Peaks of Otter salamander</a></ul></span></TD> <TD><span class="medtextnorm"><ul><li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0115">Shasta salamander</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0086">Florida pine snake</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2015-0116">Short-tailed snake</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0119">Southern rubber boa</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0105">Panamint alligator lizard</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2015-0124">Yuman desert fringe-toed Lizard</a><br /> <li><a href="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122" title="!docketDetail;D=FWS-R5-ES-2015-0122">Wood turtle</a></ul></span></TD> </TR></TABLE>The official notice was published in the Federal Register on September 18, 2015, and is available at <a href="" title=""></a> by clicking on the 2015 Notices link under Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants. Information can be submitted on species for which a status review is being initiated, using the specified docket number, beginning upon publication in the Federal Register, for 60 days until November 17, 2015.<br /> <br /> gallery photo by Leo Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:31:41 -0500 City makes reptile rescuer move business from home Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs 0 ( <center><!-- s9ymdb:38033 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" height="413" srcset="" src="" alt="" /></center><br /> A local herpetologist is moving his reptiles to comply with a city zoning ordinance that bars him from running a rescue and rehabilitation center at his house. Chad Griffin, the owner of CCSB Reptile Rescue &amp; Rehabilitation Center, said he is looking for a site and will move the reptiles<br /> <br /> Because Griffin is cooperating with the city, officials are working with him to find a new site and to move the animals, said Chris Murphy, the deputy director of planning and development services.<br /> <br /> “Our end objective is compliance with the ordinance” Chris Murphy - Deputy Director Winston-Salem, N.C. <br /> <br /> Griffin has about 10 days to remove the outdoor enclosures that house the alligators, 30 days for venomous snakes and up to 60 days to stop operating the business in his home, Murphy said. He will be able to keep some reptiles in his house, including nonvenomous snakes, that are considered pets.<br /> <br /> would like to remind everyone that keeps herps to make sure you your not violating any local or state laws or ordinances so you don't find yourself in similar circumstances. Read more at the <a href="" title="">Winston-Salem Journal</a><br /> Image by David Rolfe Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:52:00 -0500 Galapagos Iguana smuggler busted Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs 0 ( <center><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" src="" alt="" /></center><br /> A Mexican national is being held in prison in Guayaquil Ecuador after trying to smuggle out specimens of both species of endangered iguana only found in the Galapagos Islands. The smuggler was trying to transport nine marine iguanas and two land iguanas, all endemic to the islands' fragile ecosystem, intending to send the reptiles to Uganda<br /> <br /> 9 Marine neonate (<em>Amblyrhymchus cristatus</em>), and 2 juvenile ground iguanas (<em>Conolophus suscristatus</em>) were found in a suitcase where they had been packed so they could not move. The iguanas are being evaluated and fed before they will be reintegrated into their habitat in the Galapagos National Park.<br /> <br /> Authorities said the man had previously committed similar crimes in New Zealand, and are investigating his possible involvement in a global network of traffickers in protected species.<br /> <br /> To read more, check out the <a href="" title="">original press release</a> by the Ecuadoran Environment Ministry.<br /> <br /> Gallery photo by Ivory Tortoise Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:45:13 -0500 California DFW seeks info on Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs 0 (Jeff Barringer) <center><!-- s9ymdb:37996 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /></center><br /> The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking information relevant to a proposal to list the flat-tailed horned lizard as an endangered species. The flat-tailed horned lizard (<em>Phrynosoma mcallii</em>) inhabits desert habitats in southeastern California, the extreme southwestern portion of Arizona and the adjacent portions of northeastern Baja California Norte and northwestern Sonora, Mexico. <br /> <br /> In June 2014, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) submitted a petition to the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) to formally list the flat-tailed horned lizard as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act. As part of the status review process, CDFW is soliciting information from the public regarding the species’ ecology, genetics, life history, distribution, abundance, habitat, the degree and immediacy of threats to reproduction or survival, adequacy of existing management and recommendations for management of the species. Comments, data and other information can be submitted in writing to:<br /> <br /> California Department of Fish and Wildlife<br /> Nongame Wildlife Program<br /> Attn: Laura Patterson<br /> 1812 9th Street<br /> Sacramento, CA 95811<br /> <br /> Comments may also be submitted by email to If submitting comments by email, please include “flat-tailed horned lizard” in the subject heading.<br /> To read the full press release <a href="" title="">click here</a>. gallery photo by <a href=" " title=" ">Duner</a>. <br /> <br /> <br /> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500 亚洲.欧美.中文.日韩aⅴ_国产免费高清在线视频观看网_日韩午夜的免费理论片