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    Default Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    Why is it that captive bred and born salamanders are very scarce in comparison to other types of amphibians that are of the contrary?

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    The Lacey Act was amended by FWS in 2016 and it now lists 201 species of salamander as injurious. It essentially bans sale ownership and transport of almost all salamanders. There is a strain of chytrid (Bsal) that is significantly affecting salamander populations in Europe and Asia but is not yet present in North America. The amendment was passed to assure that Bsal does not come here and wipe out native populations.

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    Quote Originally Posted by DanDrobates View Post
    The Lacey Act was amended by FWS in 2016 and it now lists 201 species of salamander as injurious. It essentially bans sale ownership and transport of almost all salamanders. There is a strain of chytrid (Bsal) that is significantly affecting salamander populations in Europe and Asia but is not yet present in North America. The amendment was passed to assure that Bsal does not come here and wipe out native populations.
    Regardless of the 2017 USARK ruling?

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    I looked over the ruling and it’s vague. It seems to apply more to large constrictors and I couldn’t find anything relevant to salamanders in the wording. If you post a link that mentions them specifically I’d be interested in reading it. Often there is a lot of confusion after amendments are made and it takes a while before anyone makes sense of it. To my knowledge nothing has changed.

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    Quote Originally Posted by DanDrobates View Post
    I looked over the ruling and itís vague. It seems to apply more to large constrictors and I couldnít find anything relevant to salamanders in the wording. If you post a link that mentions them specifically Iíd be interested in reading it. Often there is a lot of confusion after amendments are made and it takes a while before anyone makes sense of it. To my knowledge nothing has changed.
    Although eastern tiger and marbled salamanders are supposedly not listed in the injurious section, why is it that they still seem so scarce in finding for sale?

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    Quote Originally Posted by bpard976486 View Post
    Although eastern tiger and marbled salamanders are supposedly not listed in the injurious section, why is it that they still seem so scarce in finding for sale?
    Largely, because they are difficult to breed in captivity. The vast majority of specimens offered for sale are wild caught.

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    Are axolotls easier to breed in capivity than tiger salamanders even though they're related by genus?

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    Yes. Axolotls are probably the easiest salamander to breed. There are many available, and prices are very low, often free.

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    Would it be risky to include fire belly newts if I were to have a salamander and newt collection because of Bsal?

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    Default Re: Question Regarding General Availability of Salamanders

    No. It would be very unlikely that a CB newt, in the US, would have BSAL.

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