CITES Summit 2013 update

CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species) is meeting in Bangkok, Thailand March 3-14, 2013. The reptiles, amphibians and insects below are being proposed for addition, exclusion or transfer to Appendices I and II. NOTE: Spotted turtle, Blanding's turtle and Diamondback Terrapins are being considered for addition to Appendix II.

Appendix II allows breeding, purchasing or selling listed animals within the U.S. (as long as they were obtained legally). However, you cannot export any U.S. native species (including Spotted turtle, Blanding's turtle and Diamondback Terrapins) without a "Breeders Certificate" outlining from the breeder that the adult breeder animals were obtained legally.

This certificate could be a one page letter or receipt that includes the dates the adult breeders were obtained and outlines that they were obtained from a state where they were legal to collect at the time/year obtained.  The breeders certificate must be presented to USFWS in order for them to issue you an Appendix II export permit. For exporting non-native Appendix II animals, you will need a copy of a signed and cleared USFWS 3177 form showing the legal import of the adult breeders. USFWS will only consider your export application after seeing these documents.

Below is a list of reptiles, amphibians and insects being proposed for addition, exclusion or transfer to Appendices I and II, as well as the proposed action. A complete list of all animals being proposed can be found here http://www.cites.org/eng/cop/16/prop/index.php.

Reptiles

New Zealand green geckos Gekkonidae Naultinus spp.- Inclusion in Appendix II

Spotted turtle Emydidae Clemmys guttata- Inclusion in Appendix II

Blanding’s turtle Emydidae Emydoidea blandingii- Inclusion in Appendix II

Diamondback terrapin Emydidae Malaclemys terrapin- Inclusion in Appendix II

Roti Island snake-necked turtle Chelidae Chelodina mccordi- Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I

Indochinese box turtle Emydidae Cuora galbinifrons- Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I

Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle Emydidae Geoemyda japonica- Inclusion in Appendix II with a zero annual export quota with primarily commercial purposes for wild-caught specimens

Annam leaf turtle Emydidae Mauremys annamensis- Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I

Big-headed turtles Platysternidae Platysternidae- Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I

Burmese star tortoise Testudinidae Geochelone platynota- Transfer from Appendix II to Appendix I

Freshwater box turtles Geoemydidae: Batagur borneoensis, B. trivittata, Cuora aurocapitata, C. flavomarginata, C. galbinifrons, C. mccordi, C. mouhotii, C. pani, C. trifasciata, C. yunnanensis, C. zhoui, Cyclemys spp., Geoemyda japonica, G. spengleri, Hardella thurjii, Heosemys annandalii, H. depressa, Mauremys annamensis, M. japonica, M. nigricans, Melanochelys trijuga, Morenia petersi, Orlitia borneensis, Sacalia bealei, S. quadriocellata and Vijayachelys silvatica- Inclusion of Cyclemys spp., Geoemyda japonica, G. spengleri, Hardella thurjii, Mauremys japonica, M. nigricans, Melanochelys trijuga, Morenia petersi, Sacalia bealei, S. quadriocellata and Vijayachelys silvatica in Appendix II and adoption of a zero quota on wild specimens for commercial purposes for Batagur borneoensis, B. trivittata, Cuora aurocapitata, C. flavomarginata, C. galbinifrons, C. mccordi, C. mouhotii, C. pani, C. trifasciata, C. yunnanensis, C. zhoui, Heosemys annandalii, H. depressa, Mauremys annamensis, and Orlitia borneensis

Softshell turtles Trionychidae: Aspideretes leithii, Chitra chitra, C. vandijki, Dogania subplana, Nilssonia formosa, Palea steindachneri, Pelodiscus axenaria, P. maackii, P. parviformis, and Rafetus swinhoei.- Inclusion of Aspideretes leithii, Dogania subplana, Nilssonia formosa, Palea steindachneri, Pelodiscus axenaria, P. maackii, P. parviformis, and Rafetus swinhoei in Appendix II and transfer of Chitra chitra and C. vandijki from Appendix II to Appendix I

American crocodile Crocodylidae Crocodylus acutus -Transfer of the population of the Bay of Cispata, municipality of San Antero, Department of Córdoba, Republic of Colombia, from Appendix I to Appendix II

Saltwater crocodile Crocodylidae Crocodylus porosus- Transfer of the population of Thailand from Appendix I to Appendix II with a zero quota for wild specimens

Siamese crocodile Crocodylidae Crocodylus siamensis- Transfer of the population of Thailand from Appendix I to Appendix II with a zero quota for wild specimens

Mangshan pit-viper Viperidae Protobothrops mangshanensis- Inclusion in Appendix II

Amphibians

Machalilla poison dart frog Dendrobatidae Epipedobates machalilla- Inclusion in Appendix II

Southern gastric-brooding frog Rheobatrachidae Rheobatrachus silus- Deletion from Appendix II

Northern gastric-brooding frog Rheobatrachidae Rheobatrachus vitellinus- Deletion from Appendix II

Insects

Corsican swallowtail butterfly Papilionidae Papilio hospiton- Transfer from Appendix I to Appendix II

Article written by USARK