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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Snake Keeper Passed

A member of the Central FL Herp. Society passed away from lung cancer; the group is trying to find homes for his animals. (News source.)

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Turtle Amendment Not Actually a Repeal

The amendment recently mentioned is not a repeal of the current ban on sales of small turtles, but could lead to that. Or, it could lead to the ban of all pet reptiles. No, not kidding here, and not an overstatement. The idiots who put together the amendment are pushing to place all pet reptiles on equal footing, which might just give the ammunition that anti-reptile groups need to stop American herpetoculture if the industry doesn't do something about it soon. They're betting everything on the salmonella-free turtes, which is fine for turtle farmers, but they shouldn't be screwing around with the rest of the reptile trade. From the Natchez Democrat:

"The U.S. Senate recently passed a farm bill with the 'Domestic Pet Turtle Equality Act' attached, which will either open the market to pet turtle sales or close the market to all reptile pet sales.
"The amendment to the farm bill was added in the Senate, however, and a joint House-Senate committee has to work out a final version of the farm bill to send to the president for signing.
"If the amendment survives the committee and the president signs the bill, within 60 days the Food and Drug Administration will be required to test all of the salmonella-related pets on the market.
"If pet turtles test within a 10 percent prevalence of salmonella among the other animals, the Secretary of Agriculture will have to conduct a study about how turtles can be sold safely as pets.
"Once that study is competed, the Secretary of Agriculture has only two options, to either lift the turtle ban or to ban the sale of other salmonella-related animals."

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MD Herp Law Changes

Maryland DNR is planning some changes to the herp regs, adding 6 more turtle species to the regulated species list, with a few other herp species receiving increased protection. (News source.)

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Tougher Laws in Florida

New rules for Florida herp owners:
"Anyone seeking to own a python, green anaconda or Nile monitor lizard is now required to get a permit and microchip. The reptiles must be caged. Owners have to answer questions about basic reptile care and have a 'bite response plan.' There's also an annual $100 fee.
"A permit is also required for red-eared slider turtles. It's illegal to allow the turtles to reproduce, and all eggs must be destroyed.
"More information about the reptile permits is available on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Web site,"

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Albino Gree Tree Pythons

Here's a profile of an Alaskan herpetoculturist who is working on an albino green tree python project.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Utah Snake Breeder Settles

The Mapleton, UT, snake breeder who sued over being ousted from a neighborhood after obtaining business and building permits, has settled with the city for about $300k. (News source.)


Friday, August 24, 2007

Snake Breeder Sues

A Mapleton, UT, snake breeder who was forced to move is suing the city for damages (the move upset the breeding cycles, etc.). (News source.)

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Herp Shows