Nevada to Ban Commercial Reptile Collecting?

Common chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater).

Under current laws Nevada allows unlimited collection of wild reptiles for commercial uses, though that may soon change. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is considering implementing either an outright ban on commercial reptile collecting, or imposing heavier restrictions on wild reptile take.

In the past 30 years more than 420,000 reptiles have been collected within Nevada’s borders. While active collectors maintain that they’ve noticed no diminishing returns, state herpetologists (reptile and amphibian experts) reviewing collection logs say otherwise. A letter from the Center for Biological Diversity proposing a full ban, signed by nearly 100 herpetologists, will soon be presented to the state.

Desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos).

Proposed restrictions would limit commercial collection to no more than 30 individuals a day, in addition to annual limits for certain species. Commonly collected reptiles include desert iguanas, chuckwallas, desert horned lizards, and eastern fence lizards. Have you spotted any scaly critters scampering across the Nevadan landscape? What do you think about the proposed ban?

Aaron Huelsman

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