In addition to my love of butterflies and moths, I also like reptiles and amphibians and enjoy going to reptile shows. Lately at these shows I see more and more inverts. They have become very popular. Used to just be that I would just see tarantulas, but now in addition to (many more of) those, I see vendors selling various types of mantids, stick bugs, exotic roaches, exotic assassin bugs and others. I have asked many of the vendors if they have to have permits and they look at me like I just asked if a spider could drive a car. I ask where they get them from and while some breed them, many just get them from wholesalers. Are the laws different for these?
”It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.”
Post by exoticimports on Mar 4, 2020 7:53:44 GMT -8
Anything live is governed not only by USFWS but an additional set of USDA laws. Live invertebrates are a small market, and with many small breeders. Just like fish. That’s a lot to keep track of. That said, breeders that ship can easily get on the radar and should be licensed.
What will drive a crackdown is public uproar due to an injury or some real scary specimen that makes the news.