Reptiles Vulnerable to Unscrupulous Pet Trading

PARIS: More than a third of reptile species are bought and sold online in often-unregulated international trade, researchers said Tuesday, warning of the impact on wild populations of a pet market that puts a bounty on rare and newly discovered animals.

Even endangered species and those with small habitats — such as the speckled cape tortoise and Seychelles tiger chameleon — are bought and sold in online forums, according to the new study by researchers in Thailand and China, who found that three-quarters of trade is in species not covered by international regulation.

The market primarily caters to buyers in Europe and North America — the British Federation for Herpetologists has reported that there are more pet reptiles than dogs in Britain. Read more…..


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