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Johnston's Chameleon Chamaeleo johnstoni, traded within the exotic pet market © Brian Harries / CC Generic 2.0

Reptiles and amphibians seeking sustainability within the global pet trade

Johnston's Chameleon Chamaeleo johnstoni, traded within the exotic pet market © Brian Harries / CC Generic 2.0

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saving species from unsustainable pet trade

Many species of lizards, turtles, and tortoises are highly prized as exotic pets the world over. 

Far too often, many of these are sourced from the wild, with little thought to the long term impacts on their population numbers. Many CITES-listed specimens are traded without licenses, or simply not reported, whereas others are poached from their habitats and enter illegal trade chains.

over 6,040

Indian Star Tortoises were seized globally in 2017

1,418,487

Nile Crocodile skins were exported from Africa between between 2006 and 2015

93,168

Ball Pythons were exported from Ghana to Asia between 2006–2015

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has taken over as the new epicentre for wildlife trade in exotic pets

50%

of turtles and tortoises observed on sale in Jakarta were threatened with extinction

Acting Regional Director for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia

Despite their steady pace, many species of reptiles and amphibians are going fast. Strengthened enforcement is needed to protect wild populations

Acting Regional Director for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia

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related news, reports and materials to reptiles and amphibians

explore the latest TRAFFIC reports and news on our conservation work on reptiles and amphibians

reports related to REPTILES and AMPHIBIANS

Explore the latest publications, reports and papers from TRAFFIC related to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians.

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commercial breeding of Tokay Geckos in Indonesia

Trade Monitoring
Trade Monitoring

Wildlife trade monitoring is at the heart of TRAFFIC's work, supporting our projects across the world with the latest research whilst simultaneously guiding the policy recommendations we make to governments, organisations and international conventions.

wildlife trade monitoring

Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange
Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange

The African and European Union Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange's are online tools developed to facilitate information exchange and international co-operation between law enforcement agencies.

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