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.
Nile Crocodile skins were exported from Africa between between 2006 and 2015
Ball Pythons were exported from Ghana to Asia between 2006–2015
has taken over as the new epicentre for wildlife trade in exotic pets
of turtles and tortoises observed on sale in Jakarta were threatened with extinction
Despite their steady pace, many species of reptiles and amphibians are going fast. Strengthened enforcement is needed to protect wild populationsActing Regional Director for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia
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