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Posted by Kp1099 on April 09, 2003 at 15:41:27:
Thank you for this informative source of herp information - I have read through many of the posts. At this point I'm hoping for some opinions about my situation:
I have been quietly living in the state for a couple years, with a small handful of captive-bred, beloved, pet herps. But recently I began seriously thinking about breeding them, so I pulled my head out of the sand to learn about any regulations that I may need to contend with. And I am shocked to discover that my herp companions, who are very common in southern states, are endangered here, and - apparently - ILLEGAL?
I don't understand this: my animals were all captive-bred in Florida. I do not collect wild specimans. I am just an enthusiast with fur-allergies who finds great satisfaction in reptilian companionship.
From reading this list, I see that there is ambiguity about who can keep what kinds of species and how, and I urgently want to get the facts. But I am afraid to do any official research because I have visions of the 'Animal Cops' raiding my home and taking away my pets - one of whom has been my companion for 5+ years.
I don't mind paying for a permit, I'll even pay a fine if I have to, but I don't want to lose my pets.
Please help me with your opinions: Should I call Monica at F&W? I'll prolly get a recording - is it safe to leave my phone number? Should I just keep my mouth shut? (Should I ditch NJ & move back to FL?)