Injurious Reminder and Salamander ACTION ALERT

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 has an upcoming hearing on April 1 regarding our lawsuit challenging the authority of FWS to prohibit interstate transportation of species 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.
 

ACTION ALERT: Salamander Injurious Listing
ONLY 7 days left to comment!

Deadline to Comment: March 14, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST


Just click this link for all details, talking points, etc. www.usark.org/uncategorized/7893/.
 

Salamander Survey
 

Please support your community and complete this short survey ASAP. Caudata.org is collecting data on salamanders, especially interstate trade and captive propagation. Complete the short survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Caudata. All details can be found there and we encourage everyone involved with salamanders to complete the survey.

 

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

All Maryland Reptile Show: March 12 in Havre de Grace, MD. Show details at www.mdreptilefarm.com/havre-de-grace-maryland/.

Long Island Reptile Expo: March 13 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/lifirst.htm.

NARBC Tinley Park: March 19-20 in Tinley Park, IL. Show details at www.narbc.com.

Lone Star Reptile Expo: March 19-20 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.lonestarreptileexpos.com/home.html and www.facebook.com/LSRExpos.

Cold Blooded Expo: March 20 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/kc-reptile-show/.
 
All Ohio Reptile Show: March 19 in Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.
 
All Cleveland Reptile Show: March 20 in Brook Park, OH. Details at www.facebook.com/pages/Cleveland-Reptile-Show/238480829509251.

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: March 20 in Clarksville, IN. More details at www.irbexpo.com.

Kentucky Reptile Expo: March 26 in Shepherdsville, KY. More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com.

Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show: April 2-3 in Hillsboro, OR. Details at www.pacnwrs.com and www.facebook.com/Pacific-Northwest-Reptile-and-Exotic-Animal-Show-533662919993443.

Cin City Reptile Show: April 3 in Fairfield, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.

New England Reptile Expo: April 3 in Manchester, NH. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nefirst.htm.

Cold Blooded Expo: April 3 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.

Chicago Herp Society ReptileFest: April 9-10 in Chicago, IL. The Nation's largest educational reptile and amphibian show!. Details at www.chicagoherp.wix.com/reptilefest.

Midwest Reptile Show: April 10 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.

New York Metro Reptile Show: April 17 in White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: April 24 in Omaha, NE. Show details at www.nebherp.org/expo.html.

Lone Star Rattlesnake Days: April 31-May 1 in Austin Texas. Event details at 
www.lonestarrattlesnakedays.org.

Snake Days: June 3-5 in Sanderson, TX. Details at www.snakedays.com.

International Herpetological Symposium: June 22-25 in St. Louis, MO. Show details at www.internationalherpetologicalsymposium.com.
 
OKC Elite Reptile Show:  in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details soon at www.okcelitereptileshow.com.

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

National Reptile Breeders' Expo: August 21-23 in Daytona, FL. Details at www.reptilebreedersexpo.com.

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

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

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

Reptile Super Show: in Pomona, CA. Show details at www.reptilesupershow.com.

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo: Amherst, NY. Show details awww.buffaloreptileexpo.com.

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.

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

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