ACTION ALERT: Maine and more...
ACTION ALERT: MAINE
DEADLINE to COMMENT: June 17th at 5:00 PM Eastern time!
 
Desert lizards that weigh only a few ounces to be banned... along with 1,000 other herp species. Most birds, mammals, and fish banned, too. The proposed rule changes in Maine actually create 3 separate ban lists and many other unjust regulations.

In addition to bans, there will be a "Category 2 Restricted List." To keep any species on this list you will need a permit, home inspection, maintenance plan, minimum of one year of practical husbandry or a minimum of 100 hours of formalized training, two personal references and record keeping. Species can be added by the commissioner and new "technical committee." The list currently includes all tortoises, plus other species.

Maine already has a severely overreaching law allowing responsible keepers to legally keep less than 1/10 of the herp species found in captivity, and now it gets worse.

 
This is a completely unjustifiable proposal. They need to hear the opposition NOW!

Supposed justifications include:
  1. Climate change will allow for invasive species (this is Maine!);
  2. protecting Maine's people from bodily injury;
  3. preventing public safety risks;
  4. protecting wild populations of endangered species by banning captive-bred animals.
As always, we've made it easy to comment and allow your voice to be heard. All details, sample letters and more can be found at this link: www.usark.org/2016-blog/action-alert-maine
 
The Path Forward: USARK on salamanders and Bsal

USARK discusses the problems created by an injurious listing for 201 salamander species and how the Bsal issue should be handled moving forward. While this article discusses salamanders, the broader picture can certainly be applied to other species. Find the article in issue #20 of Herp Nation magazine.

Link #1: Direct link to our article:
 http://hnmdigital.herpnation.com/publication/?i=301851#{"issue_id":301851,"page":36}

Link #2: For Issue #20 from the beginning: http://hnmdigital.herpnation.com/publication/?i=301851

International Herpetological Symposium
 
It's back. It's awesome. You should be there! The 39th IHS happens next week in St. Louis. The event is loaded with great speakers, good times and even a zoo trip.
 
Get all the details at
 www.internationalherpetologicalsymposium.com.

CITES Proposals

Several herp, fish and bird species found in trade will be proposed for listing or appendices movement at the 17th Conference of the Parties held by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ("CITES"). CITES is an international agreement among governments with a goal to ensure that trade of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. While CITES seeks to protect and manage wild populations of animals, listings have implications for captive-bred animals, too. 
 

Find A Vet

 

Need a good herp veterinarian? The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) can help. ARAV provides a free Find-A-Vet service at http://arav.site-ym.com/search/custom.asp?id=3661.

 

Important Reminder
Injurious Wildlife Legalities
 

This is an important reminder to all herpers regarding species listed as injurious under the Lacey Act, especially those attending and vending reptile shows across state lines. Keep it legal!

REMEMBER: Species listed as injurious cannot be imported into the U.S. or transported across state lines, according to the current interpretation of the Lacey Act by FWS. Not only does this include nine species of constrictor snakes, but now also includes 201 species of salamanders per the interim rule effective as of January 28, 2016 (see "Salamander Injurious Listing" section below for full details).

USARK and the Reptile Nation await a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the court awarded injunctive relief removing the authority of FWS to prohibit interstate transportation of two species of snakes listed as injurious. Last summer, the Court ruled in favor of USARK, granting our members injunctive relief. FWS has filed an appeal on this decision in an attempt to overturn the preliminary injunction.

NOTE: You also cannot sell a listed species with knowledge there will be a violation as this could lead to accessory or conspiracy charges.

We encourage all show promoters to remind their vendors before each show of these regulations. The information should also be available for all attendees.

A sample responsible buyer agreement verifying that buyers are knowledgeable of all city, county, state and federal laws can be downloaded at www.usark.org/library/sample-responsible-buyer-agreement.

All species listed as injurious are illegal to transport across state lines unless you meet one of the two qualifications below:

1. For reticulated pythons and green anacondas ONLY: Transportation and shipment across state lines are legal if you have received your membership verification letter from USARK. Every time you personally transport these TWO species across state lines, you should have a printed copy of this letter on your person and easily accessible should an FWS agent request to see it.

You can find all the details on this verification letter and court ruling at www.usark.org/2015-blog/7182/. Injunctive relief only applies to those USARK members who were current on or before April 8, 2015. Even with this letter, there may be other prohibitions, such as no shipments into Texas or Florida. See link for full details.

2. Interstate transportation is legal if you have received a permit from FWS allowing movement for bona fide research, education, etc. That permit can be found at www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-42.pdf.

Herp species that are listed as injurious:

  1. Reticulated python 
  2. Green anaconda 
  3. Burmese python
  4. Indian python
  5. Northern rock python
  6. Southern rock python
  7. Yellow anaconda
  8. DeSchauensee’s anaconda
  9. Beni anaconda
  10. 201 species of salamanders: List at www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/List-of-Salamander-Species.pdf.
  11. Brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)
As always, part of being a responsible member of the herpetocultural community includes knowing any city, county, state and federal laws applicable to the species you keep or sell. This includes knowing the laws in places you travel to, and through, for shows.
 

Donate to the USARK Legal Defense Fund
 

Information for making donations online and via check/money order can be found at www.usark.org/reptile-defense-fund-2/. You can make one-time, weekly, monthly or annual donations. You can also include a message that will be posted on the Legal Defense Fund Donor Wall at www.usark.org/usark-announcement/reptile-defense-donor-wall/ for all to see. You can even choose to make your donation or donation amount anonymous. Thanks for your support as we battle FWS to restore the freedoms of the Reptile Nation.
 
Reptile Events
 
International Herpetological Symposium: June 22-25 in St. Louis, MO. Show details at www.internationalherpetologicalsymposium.com.

Reptile Super Show: July 9-10, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: Show details at 
www.herpshow.net and www.facebook.com/HERPShow.

Cold Blooded Expo: July 31 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at 
www.coldbloodedexpos.com/kc-reptile-show/.

Lone Star Reptile Expo: July 16-17 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.lonestarreptileexpos.com/home.html and www.facebook.com/LSRExpos.

All Ohio Reptile Show: June 25 and August 20 in Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.

Kentucky Reptile Expo: June 18 in Lexington, KY. More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com.

All Cleveland Reptile Show: June 26 and July 17 in Brook Park, OH. Details at www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-Reptile-Show/238480829509251.

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: June 26 in Clarksville, IN. More details at www.facebook.com/IRBExpo.

American Reef and Reptile Expos: July 9 in Hampton, VA. Show details at www.facebook.com/americanreefreptileexpo.

Snake Days: in Sanderson, TX. Details at www.snakedays.com.

Croc Fest Crocodile Conservation Fundraiser: Event details at www.facebook.com/SaveTheCrocodiles.

Cin City Reptile Show: July 10 in Fairfield, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.

Cold Blooded Expo: August 7 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.

New England Reptile Expo: June 26 in Manchester, NH. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nefirst.htm.

Midwest Reptile Show: June 26 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.

New York Metro Reptile Show: July 24 in White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.

Repticon: Show details at www.repticon.com.

Las Vegas Reptile Expo: Las Vegas, NV. Show details at www.getreptiles.com and www.facebook.com/events/591811610945614/.

Reptile Super Show: August 13-14 in Pomona, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.

Western Maryland Reptile Show: August 20 in Frederick, MD. Show details at www.mdreptilefarm.com/western-maryland-reptile-show/.

National Reptile Breeders' Expo: August 19-21 in Daytona, FL. Details at www.reptilebreedersexpo.com.

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo: September 18 in Amherst, NY. Show details at www.buffaloreptileexpo.com.

NARBC Arlington: September 24-25 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Sacramento Reptile Show: September 24-25 in Sacramento, CA. Show details at www.sacreptileshow.com.

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: September 25 in Omaha, NE. Show details at www.facebook.com/Nebraska-Reptile-Breeders-Expo-201168596616327.

Georgia Reptile Experience: October 22 in Atlanta, GA. Event details at www.gareptilesociety.org/experience and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gareptileexperience .

Tri-State Reptile Expo: October 22-23 in Amarillo, TX. Show details at www.tristatereptileexpo.com.

NARBC Tinley Park: October 15-16 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Long Island Reptile Expo: October 23 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/lifirst.htm.

NARBC Pasadena: November 5-6 in Pasadena, CA. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Tracy Reptile Expo: November 12-13 in Tracy, CA. Show details at www.facebook.com/TRACY-Reptile-EXPO-440367659415673.

Portland Metro Reptile Expo: Portland, OR. Show details at www.nwreptileexpos.com/portland-metro-reptile-expo.

Phoenix Reptile Expo: in Mesa, AZ. Show details at www.phxreptileexpo.com and www.facebook.com/PhoenixReptileExpo.

Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: in Mesa, AZ. More details at 
www.ttpg.org/conference2015.html.

Armadillo Reptile Expo: Austin, TX. Show details at www.armadilloreptileexpos.com/austin-reptile-show.html.
 
SEWERFest Reptile Show:  Sturtevant, WI. Show details at www.sewerfest.com.

Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show: in Hillsboro, OR. Details at www.pacnwrs.com and www.facebook.com/Pacific-Northwest-Reptile-and-Exotic-Animal-Show-533662919993443.

Chicago Herp Society ReptileFest: in Chicago, IL. The Nation's largest educational reptile and amphibian show! Details at www.chicagoherp.wix.com/reptilefest.

Lone Star Rattlesnake Days: in Austin Texas. Event details at www.lonestarrattlesnakedays.org.

Reptile Breeders Show: in Lodi, CA. Show details at www.thereptilebreedersshow.com

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