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Posted by Sherry on November 02, 1999 at 19:14:26:
In Reply to: Re: Educational Indigos posted by Hanna on November 02, 1999 at 10:18:06:
:Thanks for the input. I fully understand that Eastern Indigos are protected as threatened. Part of my student intern project is to complete the application process for the required permits for the zoo. The zoo is actually obtaining the snake. My project is to be the spearhead of the aquisition process, and so I get to learn all about the permit process. Another part of my project is to locate and evaluate breeders and present my findings to the director of the zoo so a decision can be made as to who to buy from. The zoo and I understand that Eastern Indigos start at $350 and go up as high as $1500. Hanna, do you use herps in educational programs?
This idea sounds a bit far-fetched to me.Indigo
: snakes are a federally protected species, so unless
: you have the appropriate Fish and Wildlife issued
: permits, you are prohibited from having one. If you
: truly work for a legitimate zoo, that would not be
: a problem to acquire one through the institution,
: however, the snake would have to remain that zoo's
: property. You can use protected species for educational purposes. If you wish to own your own,
: you'll have to find a herpetoculturalist who raises
: them and they're VERY expensive captive-bred.And
: then you must always retain the paperwork that proves the animal was born in captivity just incase
: you get questioned by a Fish and Wildlife Officer;
: otherwise you can be slapped with a big fine.