Colorado rule changes and Find-A-Vet from ARAV
ALERT: Colorado Proposed Rule Changes


There are proposed rule changes which will affect many herpers and other animal keepers/businesses through the Department of Agriculture under the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA). PACFA is not new, but it will be more actively and broadly enforced than it has been previously. This affects qualifying keepers and breeders of ALL pet/companion animals as enforcement will be much greater than before.
All owners, breeders and businesses with concerns should contact officials now, even if amendments for your species are not currently proposed. Now is the time to propose changes and address problems with the law.

NOTE: Herp keepers were not regulated under PACFA previously, but the proposed changes add definitions so that PACFA will now regulate them. PACFA was enacted in 1994 and already regulates dog, cat, rodent, other mammal, bird and fish breeders, as well as animal-related businesses.

Find the full ACTION ALERT with more information at

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


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

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 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

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
  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 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 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
H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show: May 14 in Austin, TX. Show details at and

Buffalo Niagara Reptile Expo: May 15 in Amherst, NY. Show details at

Cold Blooded Expo:
 May 15 in Overland Park, KS. Show details at

Lone Star Reptile Expo: May 21-22 in Arlington, TX. Show details at and

All Ohio Reptile Show: May 21 and June 25 in Hilliard, OH. More details at

Kentucky Reptile Expo: May 21 in Evansville, KY. More details at

All Cleveland Reptile Show: May 22 in Brook Park, OH. Details at

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: May 22 and June 26 in Clarksville, IN. More details at

American Reef and Reptile Expos: Show details at

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

Croc Fest Crocodile Conservation Fundraiser: June 11 in Winter Haven, FL. Event details at

Cin City Reptile Show: June 12 in Fairfield, OH. More details at

Cold Blooded Expo: June 12 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at

New England Reptile Expo: June 26 in Manchester, NH. Show details at

Midwest Reptile Show: June 26 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at

New York Metro Reptile Show: July 24 in White Plains, NY. Show details at

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: September 25 in Omaha, NE. Show details at

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

International Herpetological Symposium: June 22-25 in St. Louis, MO. Show details at

Repticon: Show details at

Las Vegas Reptile Expo: Las Vegas, NV. Show details at and

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

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

Western Maryland Reptile Show: August 20 in Frederick, MD. Show details at

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

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

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

Long Island Reptile Expo: October 23 in Brentwood, NY. Show details at

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

Tracy Reptile Expo: November 12-13 in Tracy, CA. Show details at

Portland Metro Reptile Expo: Portland, OR. Show details at

Phoenix Reptile Expo: in Mesa, AZ. Show details at and

Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group (TTPG) Conference: in Mesa, AZ. More details at

Armadillo Reptile Expo: Austin, TX. Show details at
SEWERFest Reptile Show:  Sturtevant, WI. Show details at

Pacific Northwest Reptile and Exotic Animal Show: in Hillsboro, OR. Details at and

Chicago Herp Society ReptileFest: in Chicago, IL. The Nation's largest educational reptile and amphibian show! Details at

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

Reptile Breeders Show: in Lodi, CA. Show details at

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