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Posted by dingoblue on March 19, 2003 at 07:21:18:
In Reply to: SNAKE TRAPS ARE ILLEGAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted by nightsnake on March 15, 2003 at 14:22:43:
Please show us a link to the law in Kentucky that states the trapping of snakes to be illegal. There ARE specific laws that regulate turtle trapping here in the Bluegrass state though.
There are quite a few of us that herp the Commonwealth regularly, and we feel strongly about good collecting protocols.
We cooperate with state biologists, and this partnership is leading to amazing doors that are opening for us. However, because of a few unscrupulous individuals, lawmakers have considered enacting blanket laws that will limit our access to native wildlife.
I hope that when you field herp in Kentucky, you will practice sustainable collecting, and not keep every animal you find. Also, do not destroy habitat, but leave it the way you found it. I would recommend not collecting for sale, as wild caught specimens have "baggage" (parasites, stress etc) compared to captive bred ones. However, starting a breeding project using locality specific animals, and selling the offspring is commendable.
What part of Kentucky are you in?
Check out our local herp society:
Also, a good place to get captive bred colubrids is the Kentucky