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    Default Alberta Reptile Laws

    Taken from this Link.

    http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?pag...=9780779738540 this should be the new link
    http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/Documents/REGS/1997_143.CFM
    Here's the list:
    Non Game Reptiles and Amphibians:

    Part 5
    Non-game Animals
    Ambystoma macrodactylum (Long-toed Salamander)
    Bufo cognatus (Great Plains Toad)
    Scaphiopus bombifrons (Plains Spadefoot Toad)
    Bufo hemiophrys (Canadian Toad)
    Rana pretiosa [(Western) Spotted Frog]
    Chrysemys picta (Western Painted Turtle)
    Phrynosoma douglassi (Short-horned Lizard)
    Heterodon nasicus (Western Hognose Snake)
    Crotalus viridis (Prairie Rattlesnake)

    Controlled Reptiles and Amphibians:

    Part 3
    Reptiles (Class Reptilia)
    1. SNAPPING TURTLES (Family Chelydridae)
    Snapping Turtle Chelydra serpentina
    Alligator Snapping Turtle Macroclemys temmincki
    2. FRESHWATER TURTLES (Family Emydidae)
    Blanding's Turtle Emydoidea blandingii
    European Pond Turtle Emys orbicularis
    Map Turtles Genus Graptemys
    3. MUD TURTLES (Family Kinosternidae)
    Mud Turtles Genus Kinosternon
    4. SOFT-SHELLED TURTLES (Family Trionychidae)
    Soft-shelled Turtles Genus Trionyx
    5. ALL ALLIGATORS AND CAIMANS
    (Family Alligatoridae)
    Alligators Genus Alligator
    Spectacled Caimans Genus Caiman
    Black Caiman Melanosuchus niger
    Smooth-fronted Caimans Genus Paleosuchus
    6. ALL CROCODILES (Family Crocodylidae)
    Crocodiles Genus Crocodylus
    African Dwarf Crocodile Osteolaemus tetraspis
    Sunda Crocodile
    (False Gavial) Tomistoma schlegeli
    7. ALL GAVIALS (Family Gavialidae)
    Gavial or Gharial Gavialis gangeticus
    8. ALL BEADED LIZARDS (Family Helodermatidae)
    Gila Monster Heloderma suspectum
    Mexican Beaded Lizard Heloderma horridum
    9. LIZARDS (Family Lacertidae)
    Viviparous Lizard Lacerta vivipara
    10. MONITORS (Family Varanidae)
    Bengal Monitor Varanus bengalensis
    Perentie Monitor Varanum giganteus
    Komodo Dragon Varanus komodoensis
    Nile Monitor Varanus niloticus
    Crocodile Monitor Varanus salvadorii
    Water (Lace) Monitor Varanus salvator
    Variegated Monitor Varanus varius
    11. LARGE SNAKES (Family Boidae)
    Amethystine Python Python (Morelia)
    amethystinus
    Burmese/Indian Rock
    Pythons Python molurus
    Oenpelli Python Python (Morelia)
    oenpelliensis
    Reticulated Python Python reticulatus
    African Rock Python Python sebae
    Anacondas Genus Eunectes
    12. TYPICAL SNAKES (Family Colubridae)
    Subfamily Aparallactinae
    Ground Vipers Genus Amblyodipsas
    Genus Aparallactus
    Genus Atractaspis
    Genus Calamelaps
    Genus Chilorhinophis
    Genus Homorelaps
    Genus Macrelaps
    Genus Micrelaps
    Genus Miodan
    Genus Polemon
    Subfamily Boiginae
    Rear-fanged Snakes Genus Amphlorhinus
    Genus Apostolepis
    Genus Boiga
    Genus Chamaetortus
    Genus Clelia
    Genus Coniophanes
    Genus Dipsadoboa
    Genus Dispholidus
    Genus Erythrolamprus
    Genus Geodipsas
    Genus Hemirhagerrhis
    Genus Hypsiglena
    Genus Imantodes
    Genus Ithycyphus
    Genus Langaha
    Genus Leptodeira
    Genus Lycodryas
    Genus Malpolon
    Genus Manalepis
    Genus Mimophis
    Genus Opisthoplus
    Genus Oxbelis
    Genus Oxyrhopus
    Genus Parapostelepis
    Genus Phimophis
    Genus Psammodynates
    Genus Psammophis
    Genus Psammophylax
    Genus Siplophis
    Genus Telescopus
    Genus Thelotornis
    Genus Tomodon
    Genus Tripanurgos
    Subfamily Colubrinae
    American Racer Coluber constrictor
    Sharptail Snake Contia tenuis
    Smooth Snakes Genus Coronella
    Pere David's Rat Snake Elaphe davidi
    Steppe Rat Snake Elaphe dione
    Himalayan Trinket Snake Elaphe hodgsoni
    Black Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta
    Red-backed Snake Elaphe rufodorsata
    Russian Rat Snake Elaphe schrencki
    Fox Snake Elaphe vulpina
    Hognose Snakes Heterodon platyrhinos,
    Heterodon simus
    Parrot Snakes Genus Leptophis
    Eastern Milksnake Lampropeltis triangulum
    triangulum
    Pale Milksnake Lampropeltis multistrata
    Smooth Green Snake Opheodrys vernalis
    Diadem Snakes Genus Spalerosophis
    Tropical Rat Snakes Genus Spilotes
    Subfamily Homalopsinae
    Water Snakes Genus Bitia
    Genus Cerberus
    Genus Enhydris
    Genus Erpeton (Herpeton)
    Genus Fordonia
    Genus Homalopsis
    Genus Hurria
    Genus Myron
    Subfamily Lycodontinae
    Wolf Snakes Genus Dinodon
    Genus Lycophidion
    Subfamily Natricinae
    Water Snakes Genus Amastridium
    Genus Amphiesma
    Ringnecked Snakes Genus Diadophis
    Genus Gonyosoma
    Genus Helicops
    Genus Macropisthodon
    Dice Snakes Natrix tesselata
    Genus Paraptychophis
    Genus Pseudoxenodon
    Genus Ptychophis
    Genus Rhabdophis
    Butler's Garter Snake Thamnophis butleri
    Eastern Ribbon Snakes Thamnophis sauritus
    Genus Xenochrophis
    Subfamily Xenodontinae
    Odd-toothed Snakes Genus Ialtris
    Genus Paroxyrhopus
    Genus Platynion
    Genus Uromacer
    Genus Xenodon
    13. ALL COBRAS AND ALLIES (Family Elapidae)
    Death Adders Genus Acanthophis
    Shield-nosed Cobras Genus Aspidelaps
    Genus Aspidomorphus
    Australian Copperheads Genus Austrelaps
    Water Cobras Genus Boulengerina
    Kraits Genus Bungarus
    Australian Crowned Snakes Genus Cacophis
    Oriental Coral Snakes Genus Calliophis
    Small-eyed Snakes Genus Cryptophis
    Australian Whip Snakes Genus Demansia
    Mambas Genus Dendroaspis
    Genus Denisonia
    Australian Crowned Snakes Genus Drysdalia
    Bardick's Snakes Genus Echiopsis
    Little Brown Snakes Genus Elapognathus
    Venomous Garter Snakes Genus Elapsoidea
    Red-naped Snakes Genus Furina
    Australian Brown-headed
    Snakes Genus Glyphodon
    Spitting (Ringed) Cobras Genus Hemachatus
    Genus Hemiaspis
    Genus Hoplocephalus
    Slender Coral Snakes Genus Leptomicrurus
    Genus Loveridgelaps
    Long-glanded Coral Snakes Genus Maticora
    Arizona Coral Snakes Genus Micruroides
    American Coral Snakes Genus Micrurus
    Cobras Genus Naja
    Australian Black-naped
    Snakes Genus Neelaps
    Tiger Snakes Genus Notechis
    Fijian Snakes Genus Ogmodon
    King Cobras Genus Ophiophagus
    Taipan Genus Oxyuranus
    Fierce Snakes Genus Parademansia
    Burrowing Cobras Genus Paranaja
    Hediger's Snakes Genus Parapistocalamus
    Australian Black Snakes Genus Pseudechis
    Forest Cobras Genus Pseudohaje
    Australian Brown Snakes Genus Pseudonaja
    Muller's Snakes Genus Rhinoplocephalus
    Genus Salomonelaps
    Australian Coral Snakes Genus Simoselaps
    Myall's (Curl) Snakes Genus Suta
    Genus Toxicocalamus
    Rough-scaled Snakes Genus Tropidechis
    Genus Unechis
    Bandy-bandies Genus Vermicella
    Desert Cobras Genus Walterinnesia
    14. ALL SEA SNAKES (Family Hydrophiidae)
    Subfamily Hydrophiinae
    Rudder-tailed Sea Snakes Genus Acalyptophis
    Genus Aipysurus
    Genus Disteira
    Genus Emydocephalus
    Genus Enhydrina
    Genus Ephalophsis
    Genus Hydrophis
    Genus Hydrelaps
    Genus Kerilia
    Genus Kolpophis
    Genus Lapemis
    Genus Parahydrophis
    Genus Pelamis
    Genus Thalassophis
    Subfamily Laticaudinae
    Sea Kraits Genus Laticauda
    15. ALL VIPERS AND ADDERS (Family Viperidae)
    Subfamily Azemiopinae
    Fea's Viper Genus Azemiops
    Subfamily Viperinae
    Vipers/Adders Genus Adenorhinos
    Genus Atheris
    Genus Bitis
    Genus Cerastes
    Genus Daboia
    Genus Echis
    Genus Eristicophis
    Genus Pseudocerastes
    Genus Vipera
    Subfamily Causinae
    Toad Vipers Genus Causus
    16. ALL PIT VIPERS (Family Crotalidae)
    Copperheads/Moccasins Genus Agkistrodon
    American Lanceheads Genus Bothrops
    Malayan Pit Vipers Genus Calloselasma
    Rattlesnakes Genus Crotalus
    Sharp-nosed Vipers Genus Deinagkistrodon
    Mamushi Genus Gloydius
    Hump-nosed Vipers Genus Hypnale
    Bushmasters Genus Lachesis
    Pygmy Rattlesnakes Genus Sistrurus
    Asian Lance-headed
    (Bamboo) Vipers Genus Trimeresurus
    Wagler's Vipers Genus Tropidolaemus
    Part 4
    Amphibians (Class Amphibia)
    1. MOLE SALAMANDERS (Family Ambystomatidae)
    Northwest Salamander Ambystoma gracile
    Blue-spotted Salamander Ambystoma laterale
    Spotted Salamander Ambystoma maculatum
    Marbled Salamander Ambystoma opacum
    Small-mouthed Salamander Ambystoma texanum
    Cope's Giant Salamander Dicamptodon copei
    Pacific Giant Salamander Dicamptodon ensatus
    2. LUNGLESS SALAMANDERS
    (Family Plethodontidae)
    Red-backed Salamander Plethodon cinereus
    Slimy Salamander Plethodon glutinosus
    Western Red-backed
    Salamander Plethodon vehiculum
    Red Salamanders Genus Pseudotriton
    3. WATERDOGS (Family Proteidae)
    Northern Mudpuppy Necturus maculosus
    4. NEWTS (Family Salamandridae)
    Red-spotted Newt Notopthalmus viridescens
    European Fire Newt Salamandra salamandra
    Roughskinned Newt Taricha granulosa
    Alpine Newt Triturus alpestris
    Northern Crested Newt Triturus cristatus
    Palmate Newt Triturus helveticus
    Common Smooth Newt Triturus vulgaris
    5. TRUE TOADS (Family Bufonidae)
    American Toad Bufo americanus
    Colorado River Toad Bufo alvarius
    Marine (Cane) Toad Bufo marinus
    Woodhouse's Toad Bufo woodhousei
    6. POISON ARROW FROGS (Family Dendrobatidae)
    Poison Arrow Frogs Genus Phyllobates
    7. TREE FROGS (Family Hylidae)
    Northern Cricket Frog Acris crepitans
    Cope's Grey Tree Frog Hyla chrysoscelis
    Spring Peeper Hyla crucifer
    Pacific Tree Frog Hyla regilla
    8. TRUE FROGS (Family Ranidae)
    Red-legged Frog Rana aurora
    American Bullfrog Rana catesbeiana
    Green Frog Rana clamitans
    Agile Frog Rana dalmatina
    Pickeral Frog Rana palustris
    Mink Frog Rana septentrionalis
    Eurasian Common Frog Rana temporaria
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    This section is in regard to the locale reptiles of Alberta.From what i can tell is legal to keep a wild caught species and illegal to keep imported or captive bred.

    Part 5
    Possession of and Commerce
    in Animals

    Possession of non-licence animals

    135(1) Subject to subsection (2), a person may possess any live non‑licence animal except a raccoon, a skunk or a bat of a kind that is a wildlife animal.

    The following are all found under:
    Part 6
    Non‑licence Animals

    Ambystoma tigrinum (Tiger Salamander)

    Bufo boreas [Boreal (Western) Toad]

    Pseudacris triseriata (Chorus Frog)

    Rana sylvatica (Wood Frog)

    Pituophis melanoleucus [Bull (Gopher) Snake]

    Thamnophis sirtalis (Red‑sided Garter Snake)

    Thamnophis radix (Plains Garter Snake)

    Thamnophis elegans (Wandering Garter Snake)



    However you can't Export or Traffic them apparently.

    Non-licence animals - ss59(1) and 62(1) and (2)

    22 Non‑licence animals that are lawfully killed or that are possessed live in accordance with section 135 of this Regulation, other than

    (a) plains garter snake,

    (b) wandering garter snake,

    (c) red‑sided garter snake, and

    (d) bull snake,

    are exempt from the application of sections 59(1) and 62(1) and (2) of the Act.

    Sections 59 and 62 from the Alberta Wildlife Act:

    Exportation of wildlife

    59(1) A person shall not export wildlife from Alberta unless the person is so authorized by a permit specifically authorizing the exportation.

    (2) A person shall not issue a permit authorizing the exportation of a domestic cervid unless the person is satisfied that the animal is being shipped by the owner of the animal or that owner?s agent.

    Trafficking in wildlife

    62(1) A person shall not traffic in wildlife.

    (2) A person shall not be in possession of wildlife for the purpose of trafficking in wildlife.

    (3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not

    (a) apply if and to the extent that the trafficking or the possession is specifically authorized by a permit or is authorized by or under the Livestock Industry Diversification Act,

    (b) apply if the trafficking or possession is reasonably incidental to the operation of a fur farm in accordance with the Fur Farms Act or is in accordance with the Meat Inspection Act or the Meat Inspection Act (Canada), or

    (c) prevent a person from acquiring wildlife from the Minister under section 9.

    (4) Each single act described in section 1(1)(gg)(i) or (ii) done in relation to a wildlife animal constitutes a separate act of trafficking in wildlife.

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    Default Legal status of native herptiles and their exotic relatives, revisited.

    Careful re-evaluation of Alberta legislation, as it reads now:
    Possession of non-licence animals

    135(1) Subject to subsection (2), a person may possess any live non-licence animal except a raccoon, a skunk or a bat of a kind that is a wildlife animal.

    The following are all found under:
    Part 6
    Non-licence Animals

    Ambystoma tigrinum (Tiger Salamander) [now Ambystoma mavortium melanostictum]
    Bufo boreas [Boreal (Western) Toad] [now Anaxyrus cf. boreas]
    Pseudacris triseriata (Chorus Frog) [now Pseudacris maculata]
    Rana sylvatica (Wood Frog) [now Lithobates sylvaticus]
    Pituophis melanoleucus [Bull (Gopher) Snake] [now Pituophis catenifer sayi or P.sayi]
    Thamnophis sirtalis (Red-sided Garter Snake) [the common name refers to T.s.parietalis]
    Thamnophis radix (Plains Garter Snake)
    Thamnophis elegans (Wandering Garter Snake) [the common name refers to T.e.vagrans]

    Translation: You may possess these without permit of any kind [unless taken from a protected area such as a reserve or park]

    However you can't Export or Traffic them apparently.

    Non-licence animals - ss59(1) and 62(1) and (2)

    22 Non-licence animals that are lawfully killed or that are possessed live in accordance with section 135 of this Regulation, other than
    (a) plains garter snake,
    (b) wandering garter snake,
    (c) red-sided garter snake, and
    (d) bull snake,

    are exempt from the application of sections 59(1) and 62(1) and (2) of the Act.

    Translation: export and traffic statutes do not apply to legal non-license animals, except the four snakes above

    Sections 59 and 62 from the Alberta Wildlife Act:

    Exportation of wildlife
    59(1) A person shall not export wildlife from Alberta unless the person is so authorized by a permit specifically authorizing the exportation.
    (2) A person shall not issue a permit authorizing the exportation of a domestic cervid unless the person is satisfied that the animal is being shipped by the owner of the animal or that owner?s agent.

    Trafficking in wildlife
    62(1) A person shall not traffic in wildlife.
    (2) A person shall not be in possession of wildlife for the purpose of trafficking in wildlife.
    (3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not

    (a) apply if and to the extent that the trafficking or the possession is specifically authorized by a permit or is authorized by or under the Livestock Industry Diversification Act,

    (b) apply if the trafficking or possession is reasonably incidental to the operation of a fur farm in accordance with the Fur Farms Act or is in accordance with the Meat Inspection Act or the Meat Inspection Act (Canada), or

    (c) prevent a person from acquiring wildlife from the Minister under section 9.

    (4) Each single act described in section 1(1)(gg)(i) or (ii) done in relation to a wildlife animal constitutes a separate act of trafficking in wildlife.
    Translation: You may not traffic or export wildlife without appropriate permits. However, Section 22 specifies that this does not apply to animals of Part 6, except the 4 snakes.
    Thus: You may possess without permit, if obtained from legal sources:
    Any salamander recognized as A.tigrinum when this was passed. These are now A.tigrinum and A.mavortium
    Any toad recognized as B.boreas. These are a species complex, largely unnamed, now placed in Anaxyrus.
    Wood frogs, formerly Rana sylvatica, now Lithobates sylvaticus
    Any chorus frog, formerly Pseudacris triseriata. This is now P.triseriata, P.maculata [native], P.kalmi, P.unnamed species, P.feriarum. The common name used applies to the entire genus. The Alberta species is the boreal chorus frog.
    Any bullsnake recognized as P.melanoleucus when this was passed. This is problematic. The only way to include bullsnakes in P.melanoleucus is to include all other North American gopher and pine snakes as well [except the former Elaphe species]. That makes P.melanoleucus, P.ruthveni, P.catenifer all equal in Alberta law. Additionally, the term "bullsnake" is only used in reference to P.c.sayi, but this is not specified by the regulation.
    Any common garter snake T.sirtalis. This is a species complex, and again has a problematic common name. The common name for T.sirtalis is "common garter", while the legislation refers to "red-sided garter", a name which applies only to T.s.parietalis. Again, not specified by the legislation.
    Any plains garter, T.radix. No subspecies are recognized, so this is the only easy one.
    Any wandering garter, T.elegans. Another species complex, and another case of the common name applying only to the subspecies found in Alberta, T.e.vagrans
    And, you MAY sell or export without permit any of these, except the snakes.
    While this opens the door for the amphibians, it's a pain in the rear for snakes. The intent of the law is obviously to refer to the Alberta subspecies, since the Alberta common names are used when available. The letter of the law is more vague. Under the first revisions of the Act, various exotic garter, pine, and gopher snakes were specifically legal. That revision is now void, and by the letter of the law, all North American pine, gopher, bull, common garter, and western terrestrial garter snakes are prohibited to sell or export without permit. By intent [implied by the use of subspecies common names], only the native subspecies of these require permits.
    Want another wrinkle (and only referring to the species affected above)?
    Under federal regulations [SARA], possession of the following is prohibited:
    (Federal regulations would seem to apply to federal land, air, and water, and in any provincial jurisdiction lacking suitable regulations for the species concerned)
    Pacific gopher snake, Pituophis catenifer catenifer
    Eastern tiger salamander [Great Lakes population], Ambystoma tigrinum
    Blotched tiger salamander [BC population], Ambystoma mavortium melanostictum
    Great Basin gopher snake, Pituophis catenifer deserticola
    None of these is specifically addressed in current Alberta legislation, making possession of any of these a federal offense.
    The boreal toad is a SARA species of Special Concern, which appears to have no effect except to require periodic re-evaluation of its status. NOT federally protected. Yet. Same applies to ALL milksnakes, by the way.
    My lay opinion based on nearly 20 years involvement in Alberta regulations, and careful reading. Be a good idea to get a legal opinion. This affects a lot of people.
    Andrew

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    Wouldn't it be easier just to say the few things we can have?

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    We did that. That IS, in fact, how Alberta laws are structured. However, 20 years ago there were all of maybe 20 species of ANYTHING on that list, including dogs and cats. The hundreds of species in pet stores and private hands made the law unenforceable. Various private groups, including TARAS, drew up lists and met on the F&W committees, resulting in 300+ herptiles, 500-600 birds, etc, being added to the list. The people involved were not necessarily well-rounded, but were all we had. The result was a good selection of rat snakes, certain pythons, true toads, Haitian species... Well, then Haiti closed to exports. Many gorgeous lizards came in from Chile, but weren't listed. Getting them listed wasn't fun - the government didn't want to be constantly revising. Ultimately...Chile closed too. Finally, they had enough, and meetings resumed to work on manageable ways to reverse the listing. Basically, all species were excluded from wildlife law except those designated as wildlife and those designated as "controlled". The latter is the list of illegal exotics. The advantage of this is that such a list doesn't need to be updated very often.

    That's not really where the problems lie, though the problems are actually quite few. As I see it, the problem is that native species were dealt with separately and with less clarity. When the exotic listings were reversed, a few species fell through the cracks, notably members of Pituophis which were already excluded [legal]. They didn't make it on to the list of prohibited animals, but the wording of the native list means that they could be interpretted as native.

    For instance, if the bullsnake is considered a subspecies of Pituophis melanoleucus, a definition is being used which places all North American gopher snakes in a single species. Anything which was excluded disappears from the exotic rules, and *poof*, suddenly falls under the umbrella of the old concept still on the books for native species. The problem here is, only the species is designated: Pituophis melanoleucus, not the native subspecies P.melanoleucus sayi. The native species are also incorrectly designated, with subspecies common names being used for parent species. The intent appears to be to designate only the native subspecies [reflected in the common name], but the scientific name listed is for the entire species. Thus, all gopher, bull, and pine snakes of North America fall under the Alberta definition of "bullsnake", although the standard definition of bullsnake applies only to sayi, whatever species it is included in.

    This ambiguity affects very few taxa, so it's not a huge hurdle. It could be fixed by revising the native species list to spell out the subspecies. It's possible that's been done and I haven't dug up the revisions yet. There are other species and changes which don't appear in the main listing. The Canadian Toad, Anaxyrus hemiophrys, for instance, doesn't appear above. It is, however, non-game AND Alberta endangered. Reviews of the status of native amphibians are ongoing. Both of these listings prohibit possession. There are loopholes on about 10 other species of herptile, which I will point out later when I have finished digging through some of the designations.

    ammendment:
    All North American gopher snakes are legal to own under Alberta law, as none are on the controlled list, and the only listed form is also legal to own [non-license]. What is questionable is whether they can legally be sold, since the native form cannot be. Furthermore, federal regulations prohibit possession of Great Basin and Pacific gopher snakes, but I'm not yet sure how the national and provincial laws interact.
    Last edited by FrogO_Oeyes; 09-01-2007 at 01:06 AM. Reason: ammendment added

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    I've found a new wrinkle. Every F&W publication which mentions non-game species, states that it is illegal to possess non-game species. HOWEVER... I can find nothing in the wildlife act which actually deals with non-game species at all. The only things I can find are: endangered species are to be treated as non-game species unless specified otherwise, and bullsnakes are addressed specifically as non-license species, even though they are on the non-game list. I have to wonder if there is another act which applies [which seems unlikely], or if someone goofed in the replacement of old legislation with new. IE, perhaps non-game animals were to be split between non-license and endangered, but they gave up, patched things, and forgot to define non-game again. For those of you who keep pine snakes and gopher snakes, this could be a real issue, since no-possession non-game status of P.melanoleucus [as listed in the Act] would render all NA gophers illegal to possess. I suspect this would not be enforced, and any corrections to the Act might transfer the bullsnake to non-license, under its current name, P.catenifer sayi. Just an educated guess mind you.

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    In response to further turtle questions, here's a link to the Alberta Public Health Act:
    http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/Documents/REGS/1985_238.CFM

    Although actually rather interesting by the fact it spells out how the law views a wide range of communicable diseases, the critical part for our purposes is this:

    10(1) No person shall import, sell, offer for sale or otherwise distribute turtles of the genera Pseudemys, Graptemys, Chrysemys or Chelydra.
    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to post secondary institutions that obtain prior written authorization from the Chief Medical Officer.
    AR 238/85 s10;96/2005

    The genus Trachemys was formerly included in Chrysemys and Pseudemys, and the law would treat it as such. Likewise, Malaclemmys is sometimes included in Graptemys, and would likely be treated as such.

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    Cross posting from the turtles thread. Each of these sections applies to reptiles, amphibians, and crocodilians, as well as to turtles:
    I've updated the Alberta laws thread with the relevant citation and link, and accidentally deleted my post here :P In Calgary, up to six sets of laws concern turtles:
    CITES http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/species.html
    SARA http://www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca/searc...stid=0&disid=0
    Canada Food Inspection Agency http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/...turtlese.shtml
    Alberta Sustainable Resource Development http://tprc.alberta.ca/parks/heritag...ilestrack.aspx
    http://srd.alberta.ca/fishwildlife/e...tlylisted.aspx
    [links to the wildlife act are currently missing]
    Alberta Public Health http://www.qp.gov.ab.ca/Documents/REGS/1985_238.CFM [section 10]
    Calgary Bylaws
    http://www.calgary.ca/docgallery/bu/...ks/23m2006.pdf
    [couldn't see a current reference to turtles]
    Edmonton Bylaws http://www.edmonton.ca/bylaws/C13145.doc [The City of Edmonton website has an obvious link to 4 humane societies, one rehabilitation society, and...ERAS]

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    Here are some more:

    WAPPRIITA - administered alongside CITES by the Canadian Wildlife Service. This is Canada's "Lacey Act" - if you break a plant or animal law anywhere, then carry the product of that crime across a Canadian national or provincial border, you commit a federal crime.
    http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/enforce/law_3_e.cfm
    Canada Post shipping rules:
    http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/ma...-e.asp#1378721
    Purolator's handy USFWS import forms:
    http://www.purolator.com/pdf/Fish_Wildlife.pdf
    IATA guidelines and rules:
    http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/cargo/l...mals/index.htm

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    Getting a little more optimistic now.. I got an email back from F&W that clarifies what we know and states they define "wildlife" as "indigenous wild animal species".
    They also added this: "The non-native animals that may be possessed only with a permit, such as a zoo permit, are classed as controlled animals.Said another way, a controlled animal is prohibited from being possessed live in Alberta without such a permit."
    They go on to say "Lastly, any animal that is not within schedule 5 or 4 may be possessed live without a permit under Alberta law". Which again we know, but just shows that the wildlife section is in fact relating to indigenous wild animals species, and that omission from the "controlled list" for non native animals equates to legal possession.

    I'm going to call tomorrow as well though.

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