Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 6:36b
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Commercial Herp Trade Ends in Nebraska / Commercial Snapping Turtle Trade ends in Maine

On January 15, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission voted 5-2 to ban commercial exploitation of the stateís 62 species of reptiles and amphibians. The one exception is leopard frogs and tiger salamanders, which can still be collected and sold as bait. Ornate box turtles, western painted turtles and milk snakes can still be kept as pets, but they canít be sold or exported. The agency has also set limits on the number of creatures people can have in their possession. Wyoming and South Dakota are the only two surrounding states with less-restrictive regulations on the trade. For more information on the new regulations, call the commission at 471-0641. Source: LINCOLN JOURNAL-STAR (Nebraska) 16 January 02

In July, Maine officially banned the commercial hunting of snapping turtles based on scientific data and public outcry. Many of these animals had been headed to the Asian turtle food markets.