Discover the Endangered Reptiles You Can’t Trade Internationally
Despite the fact that many species are protected by international trade laws, the precise number of reptile species may vary depending on the current state of conservation and the trade regulations in place.
However, some of the reptiles that are commonly listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) list of species that cannot be traded on the worldwide market include:
- every type of sea turtle (Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley)
- all varieties of alligators and crocodiles (Saltwater crocodile, American crocodile, Nile crocodile, etc.)
- Several snake species, including the Black-necked Spitting Cobra, Indian Python, and King Cobra
- Some lizard species, such the Komodo Dragon, Madagascarian chameleons, and Caribbean iguanas
- Iguana rhinoceros
These are some of the best-known species that are prohibited from trading on the global market.
Before engaging in any international trade of reptiles, it’s always a good idea to check the most recent information because it’s significant to note that the list of species protected by international trade restrictions is subject to change.