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Posted by Katrina on March 21, 2003 at 08:52:27:
In Reply to: Wild caught Northern Pine.... questions?? ---->>> posted by PitFiend on March 17, 2003 at 10:14:00:
First, what state do you live in, and is the shop getting snakes from inside the state? Here in MD, it is illegal to collect native wild specimens for sale. However, if a store is getting animals from a distributor/broker in another state, and has the bill of sale, ect., then it doesn't matter if the animals are wild caught or captive bred, because now they have proof that the animals did not come from the wilds of MD. One does have to have a permit to sale any native MD reptile in MD, though, so the store must have a permit to sale, say, corn snakes that were captively bred in or outside of the state.
It all depends on your state laws and from where the store is getting the animals.
On a side note, by "rescueing" animals from pet stores, we only contribute to the problem. We are rewarding the store for having poor husbandry or buying from unethical dealers. Better to call animal control or the state vet than to purchase the animal.
:After talking to our local petshop and discovering that they deal in wild caught animals such as Kings,Balls and recently an Everglades ratsnake I have begun to question the heritage of my Northern Pine.
:I am going to go down and talk with them on monday to see what info I can gather up about the origins of this snake, but something tells me she very well could be a wild caught specimen. I rescued this snake from them and have seen several other snakes suffer at this place.
:My question is... I understand that in many places taking Northern Pines from the wild is illegal, so if I discover that this snake is wild caught and is from an area that this is illegal, what action should I take?
:Second question, providing that this snake is a wild caught specimen, should I breed her in a couple years as planned?
:Any thoughts and advice are very appreciated,