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Captive-Bred Wildlife Permit

Some species of tortoises require a Captive-Bred Wildlife Permit for tortoise keepers to be able to legally maintain and care for. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or (CITIES) has labeled some species as Appendix I and has stopped the legal export/import of these species from their native ranges. The sale and trade is allowed within the US market if a Captive Bred Wildlife Permit is obtained. (There is a clause that permits the ownership and sale within a state without a permit). If shipping or receiving across state lines, again a Captive Bred Wildlife Permit is needed to be obtained from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The process for getting a Captive Bred Wildlife Permit through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service can be a little scary at first but is very easy once you get started. Simply follow the link provided, fill out the application and send it in with photos of the intended enclosure for the tortoise or tortoises. A fee of $200 will need to be sent along with the rest of the application. A reference is asked for and anyone is more then welcome to email us for our permit number and referral. The Captive-Bred Wildlife Permit is good for 5 years and annual updating is needed. Here is the link to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service website.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife - http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-41.pdf

The captive-bred wildlife registration system was implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decrease Federal permit requirements for captive-born, exotic, endangered and threatened wildlife. Under the system, otherwise prohibited activities occur when the activities can be shown to enhance the propagation or survival of the affected species, provided the principal purpose is to facilitate captive breeding.