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Posted by Katrina on March 28, 2003 at 23:51:58:
In Reply to: Potential Breeding in Maryland, who do I talk to? posted by Zim on March 26, 2003 at 23:16:49:
First, what are you breeding? Basically, you need a DNR permit to own more than four of any individual native species, or to sell or trade ANY native species, no matter how many or how few. Currently it is illegal to breed turtles in MD, but the DNR regulation is about to change this year. Here are the current DNR regs http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/captive.html
I believe the name of the permit coordinator is Monica Powell.
For non-native species, DNR couldn't care less. BUT, you would want to check with your local zoning laws and animal control laws. You might consider joining the MD Herpetological Society to talk with members that are breeding already. www.reptileinfo.com
:Okay, my family is interested in starting a small breeding business out of our home in a southern Maryland suburb. How would we go about enacting this and making it official? Honestly, it may not even pan out, but we're hoping it will. Would there be any reason that it might be illegal to operate such a business, or can we simply start breeding the animals and selling them since we are not on a large scale (we probably will not deal with much more than 10 snakes at a time barring offspring). Any and all help is GREATLY apprciated because we are all very excited, and we would not want this to be squashed by laws we weren't aware of.