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Old 08-07-2008, 03:51 PM
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Default Re: 119 Illegal African Clawed frogs seized in Nevada

I see them all the time here in Atlanta so it must not be illegal here.
Not necessarily. There are a number of species that show up in the pet trade that were never legally exported from the country of origin but USF&W doesn't seem to be actively interested in. Typhlonectes natans (Rubber eel, Rio Cauca caecilian) is a classic example. Colombia only legally exports farm-raised boas, iguanas and tropical fish. The caecilians make it into mixed tropical fish shipments as 'miscellaneous eels'- despite being amphibians. There was a massive seizure in the mid 90s and USF&W donated some animals to zoos as a result.
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