Lawsuit update.
Salamander Injurious Listing
 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has posted their interim rule in the federal register. They have listed 201 species (from 20 genera) of salamanders as injurious. This will prohibit importation and interstate transportation of the listed amphibians. The interstate transportation prohibition applies to both captive bred and previously imported animals. The interim rule will be effective on January 28.

This is an interim and not a final rule. As always, remember that it is crucial to never release pets into the wild.


There is a 60 day comment period. The deadline to comment is March 14, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. USARK will provide additional information.

"This action is necessary to protect the interests of wildlife and wildlife resources from the introduction, establishment, and spread of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans [Bsal] into ecosystems of the United States." - FWS

 

Read the interim rule at www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Salamander-Listing-Injurious-Final-2016.pdf.

Link to comment: www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS_FRDOC_0001-1432.

See all species listed at www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/List-of-Salamander-Species.pdf.

View a FWS Question and Answer sheet at www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/Bsal-External-QA-F.pdf.

Find all supplementary information at www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/01/13/2016-00452/injurious-wildlife-species-listing-salamanders-due-to-risk-of-salamander-chytrid-fungus.
 

More information at www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/salamanders.html.

View the USARK newsletter from December 2014 regarding Bsal at www.us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=d7e8c81109173978c4240862c&id=2a51d02304.


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Reptile Events
 
All Ohio Reptile Show: January 16 in Hilliard, OH. More details at www.allohioreptileshows.webs.com.

Kentucky Reptile Expo: January 16 in Shepherdsville, KY. More details at www.kentuckyreptileexpo.com/.

Midwest Reptile Show: January 17 in Indianapolis, IN. Show details at www.midwestreptile.com/index.php.

New England Reptile Expo: January 17 in Manchester, NH. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nefirst.htm.

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

Indiana Reptile Breeders' Expo: January 17 in Clarksville, IN. More details at www.irbexpo.com.

H.E.R.P.S. - Houston Exotic Reptile and Pet Show:  January 23-24 in Conroe, TX. Show details at www.herpshow.net and www.facebook.com/HERPShow.

New York Metro Reptile Show: January 31 in White Plains, NY. Show details at www.reptileexpo.com/nyfirst.htm.

Cold Blooded Expo: January 31 in Broken Arrow, OK. Show details at www.coldbloodedexpos.com/ok-reptile-expo/.

Cin City Reptile Show: February 7 in Fairfield, OH. More details at www.cincityreptileshow.com.

NARBC Arlington: February 13-14 in Arlington, TX. Show details at www.narbc.com.

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

All Maryland Reptile Show: February 13 in Havre de Grace, MD. Show details at www.mdreptilefarm.com/havre-de-grace-maryland/.

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/.

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.

Nebraska Reptile Breeders' Expo: April 24 in Omaha, NE. Show details at www.nebherp.org/expo.html.
 
OKC Elite Reptile Show:  in Oklahoma City, OK. Show details soon at www.okcelitereptileshow.com.

Repticon Columbia:  in Columbia, SC. Show details at www.repticon.com.

Repticon Atlanta: in Lawrenceville, GA. 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.

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.

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