Nevada To Consider Banning Or Limiting Commercial Collection Of Wild Reptiles
September 7, 2017
The state of Nevada is studying whether to ban or limit the collection of wild reptiles in the state. Currently there is no limit on the number of reptiles that can be captured and sold to reptile hobbyists, but that may change after the state’s wildlife commission hears recommendations on the practice at its September 22 meeting.
Some of the recommendations currently being discussed thus far include a blanket ban on collecting reptiles, and limiting the collection of reptiles for commercial sale based on species, breeding season and geography, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater).
According to Jason Jones, a state herpetologist, data from collectors’ logs show reptile populations are dwindling and reptile hunters must spend more days in the field collecting animals than in the past.
“If you have to work harder, usually that means the things you’re seeking are maybe not as abundant anymore,” he told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The state says other factors have contributed to the decline of reptile populations, including habitat destruction and degradation, climate change, the introduction of non-native and invasive species, and increased development.
Currently, the state imposes a permit fee of $250, open only to Nevada residents. A monthly log must be submitted detailing the species, sex and age of each reptile caught. For more information, visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife website.