Wildlife Board to Allow Easier Collection of Native Reptiles

Snakes and lizards may not be everyone’s cup of tea but enthusiasts in the Uintah Basin will be thrilled by a new rule approved Thursday by the Utah Wildlife Board going into effect January 1st, 2020. Previously, amphibian and reptile collectors or breeders had to have a Certificate of Registration and the highly sought-after native species in Utah were considered ‘controlled’ or ‘prohibited.’ The rule change simplifies the process for collecting, possessing, and breeding non-venomous native reptiles and amphibians that are caught in the wild, as well as allows for the sale of captive-born reptiles and amphibians. "This proposal was a result of reptile and amphibian enthusiasts wanting easier access, bag limits and a permit to be able to use this natural resource," shares DWR native species coordinator Drew Dittmer. "They wanted to be able to take and engage with these species in a sustainable way and wanted to simplify the process and make it more approachable for the public."

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