Platinum Tortoise Club
- Aug 9, 2018
- Location (City and/or State)
And what is all of the owners before the law was passed supposed to do with their beloved animals. Didn't they put a grandfather clause in the law? Also I can't understand why captive bred animals are included. That doesn't sound like a law that should have passed.Hi, I'm new here, but this is a topic that recently has affected me where I live and was interested if anyone was dealing with the same thing. As of July 1st in my state, they made a ban on owning box turtles. Prior to that date, you could own up to 5, and now anyone who owned them prior to July 1st has to register them with the state.
I used to do both wildlife and reptile rehab a while back, had a permit for wildlife, and people just kind of gave me reptiles they couldn't care for. So I ended up with a wild caught box turtle who was attacked by a dog and now also has issues. He couldn't be released and he won't survive if he is, and I've had him as a pet for 5 years now. In addition, about a year ago, I got 2 captive bred baby box turtles. It doesn't matter where my animals came from, they all have to be registered.
But the law didn't just affect box turtles, it was any reptile and amphibian that was native to the state, and aside from the now banned animals, you can only own 1 animal, not one of each species, but 1 all together if it is native. Doesn't matter if it's captive bred, or if you purchased it in a different state.
Has anyone else had to deal with this in their state? I kind of feel like by banning the captive bred, that's just going to create huge issues with poaching of wild caught animals.