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Posted by Don Kellar on July 16, 2002 at 21:44:07:
In Reply to: Re: How Do You Catch Alligator Lizards? posted by RJ on July 14, 2002 at 23:53:50:
: Yes it is very hard to find captive ones and I think it is a hassel when you can just find one out in the wild. As long as you collect one from the wild legally (fishing liscence here in CA) then it has no detrimental affect on the wild population that are reproducing normally and occur in good densities in occupied habitats in your area. And especially since you see them everyday after school you will not directly bring down any reproduction of the species. But if you are taking one from the wild be sure to give it a good life! When I was a kid I used to make a little noose out of this one type of grass and then I would just cut the noose off of them after I caught them. It works well since they cannot see the grass and it also saves you the time of chasing and getting bit a few times. But yeah during the summer they do come out to the surface more and usually they are really easy to get once out in the open. Good luck and hope this helps!
I think I was typing a little too fast a few nights ago. Allow me to explain: I recently learned of a "herper" locally that ships about 2000 wild-caught collared lizards out of NM each week. This must decimate entire populations. Some people catch threatened or endangered species, not to preserve (study or breed)the species, but merely to keep as pets. It is these kinds of actions that should concern all reptile lovers. There is centainly nothing wrong with taking a commom reptile from a thriving population to enjoy and care for. Max, if I were there I would gladly catch a couple for you. I used to catch them during the day and night in California by turning over objects and grabbing them fast. It is easier at night when the temperature is cooler and they are less active.
Look first and be careful if there is anything venomous in your area.