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Posted by dravenxavier on November 30, 2002 at 22:54:57:
OK...there's a lot, so please be patient. I lived here as a kid, and now that I'm 18 and out of high school here I am back in Jersey. Unfortunately, I've come from Alabama, where laws are pretty flexible on herps.
Now, this permit thing. I downloaded it, but it only has 3 lines for listing herps. I have 8 species of snakes, 5 species of frogs, 4 species of lizards, a scorpion, and a #9 flower mantis. SO...do I have to fill out as many permits as it takes to fit them all on there? If so, do I pay $10 per form I submit? Also, I've been doing a lot of trading and buying and selling. I'm sure most of you know the feeling of getting into the hobby. I'm young and finally got a decent job so what did I do? I went out and bought all sorts of stuff. Now, it's time to refine the collection, and in the process, my list changes every week or so. Would I have to resubmit a permit every time something changed? Would that be another $10? I cannot tell you how frustrating this has become. Lots of answers...don't get me wrong...but not the ones I need.
Also, this field collecting thing...I know most of you are against it. BUT, let's face it...many people start their love of herps by finding them and collecting them as kids. I know I did. And I do still like to field collect a little, but I never keep anything I find anymore. Is field collecting even legal in this state? Further down this list there was something about permits. What permit would I need to field collect? This is more out of curiosity than anything. Guess I'm too used to going out and looking for stuff in the wide open spaces of Alabama.
Oh well, I could now gripe and moan about these laws on crocodilians, anacondas, and venomous, but it wouldn't do much good. All I can say is an individual should be responsible for his own mistakes.
Now, all this being asked, thanks for any answers you can provide, and I do look forward to joining the NJHS and hopefully help in some remote way to get some less stringent laws passed for the hobby. Thanks again.