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FWS Listing Salamanders Injurious

Posted by Rachel Gratis at 1/15/2016 5:55:54 AM

Don't know about you, but I wasn't too happy to read this the other day:

I'm all for protecting wildlife, but they themselves admit that chytrid fungus isn't even being found in the U.S., which makes the restrictuions on interstate transport ridiculous.  For shame!

I used to think the idea that there was some sort of overarching conspiracy against the herp-keeping community was crazy, but after the past year or so, I'm not longer certain... Undecided

I don't personally keep salamanders, but I'm trying to imagine suddenly banning the import and transport all frogs or all lizards and seeing the impact here.

By the way, frogs can also carry chytrid, so watch out, frog keepers, you may be next.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife is going a bit crazy.

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George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 1/15/2016 8:02:56 AM  


Jeff ,
Posted At: 1/15/2016 10:38:47 AM  

USARK and everyone said FWS is going to be throwing everything and anything into the Lacey act once they listed the big constrictors. Next are all your amphibians turtles, snakes, goldfish, gerbils, hamsters and pet budgies etc. etc. etc.......

Posted At: 1/15/2016 1:13:58 PM  

I could see having a temporary ban on importing them to the US from other countries, but this is just to go after the herp community even more.

Lauren ,
Posted At: 1/15/2016 5:58:17 PM  

Ridiculous. They make the rule and THEN have the public comment period?! Why aren't the chain stores fighting this? They sell firebelly newts.

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