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Horned Lizards and Laws


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Posted by Les4toads on April 26, 2003 at 20:55:37:

In Reply to: Horned Lizards and Laws posted by Jeff Judd on April 26, 2003 at 19:49:12:

:Please help and correct me if I'm wrong :
: No species is federally protected (source http://ecos.fws.gov/servlet/TESSWebpageVipListed?code=V&listings=0#C)
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:Three species are legal for commercial collection in Nevada(platyrhinos, douglassi, hernandezi)

:One is legal for commercial collection in Texas(modestum)

:State laws vary but most allow up to four to be collected with a hunting license.

:California protects mcalli and coronatum ( these are the only two species that require permits)

:Oklahoma and Texas protect cornutm in those states. Bag limits vary in other states.

:Partially!!
At present, there are no Federally listed species of horned lizards.
The Flattail Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma mcalli, is in the litigation process for listing as Threatened. It is in the Appeals process now.

Nevada allows commercial collection of two species of horned lizard: The Desert Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos and the Short-horned Lizard, Phrynosoma hernandezi. The status on the Pygmy Short-horned Lizard, Phrynosoma douglasi, is in discussion because of its "new species" status (MDNA analysis seperates it from the P. hernandezi).

Texas allows commercial collection of the Roundtail Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma modestum. (This status is in review by the State Legislature and Texas Parks and Wildlife).

California protects all horned lizard species ( P. coronaum, P. douglasi, P. platyrhinos, and P. mcalli). Permits required for all species, even the Desert Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos. (The Coast Horned Lizard, both subspecies of Coronatum Group are also protected by CITES).

The Texas Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma cornutum, is protected throughout its range. In Texas and Oklahoma, it is listed as Threatened.

Very few states have "bag limits" anymore. Even HLs collected by hunting/fishing licenses have regulations concerning their possession. The horned lizards cannot be sold, traded or removed from the state from which they are collected. Offspring may not be sold, traded or removed from state of collection. The offspring may not be reintroduced into the wild unless by scientific research permit. Any offspring bred in captivity must be turned over to the state or educational institution of that state.

These are the laws that are current and updated by the states that have HLs. I get updates every year from the state wildlife management agencies and fish and game departments. I work with the different agencies. (and I said worked with, not for). As a Conservation Biologist, it is my job to know this information. In writing Environmental Impact Reports and Environmental Impact Statements, and reviewing such documentation, I have to know this information.

Lester G. Milroy III





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