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October 12, 2009

The Trade in Live Reptiles: Exports from the United States

The U.S. plays a major role in the international trade of live reptiles

The Humane Society of the United States

The United States plays a major role in the international trade in live reptiles not only as a consumer but also as a supplier of live reptiles to other countries. Most live reptiles exported from the United States are freshwater turtles raised on so-called farms. Others are captured from the wild, are captive-bred, or are first imported to the United States, repackaged, and then exported to other countries. Live reptiles exported from the United States are used as pets or sold as food.


To read our 2001 report on live reptile exports, download the PDF.

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