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Declared Turtle Trade From the United States


Other Sources

Various other sources weigh into the various observations that are made about the trade in this work.   Some of these sources are referenced below.


Peter Paul van Dijk Ph.D.

Director, Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Conservation Program

Center for Applied Biodiversity Science (CABS)

Conservation International


Observations in the Chinese Markets on April 1st 2006  (Pers. Comm.)  Observations were made on a single day and the numbers are rough approximations. These were only animals on display, animals still in crates or not in view were not approximated.  With the exception of Trachemys scripta elegans and Chelydra serpentina the ballpark figures for North American species were approximately 100 per market per day. 


CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA   AC19 Doc. 15.2 (Rev. 1), Nineteenth meeting of the Animals Committee
Geneva (Switzerland), 18-21 August 2003,  Trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles, [Resolution Conf. 11.9 (Rev. CoP12) and Decision 12.43], DEVELOPMENT OF MID- AND LONG-TERM CONSERVATION MEASURES FOR TORTOISES AND FRESHWATER TURTLES Entire Document available at this location

Regulated Living Organisms under the Invasive Alien Species Act




Bruce Weissgold 

CITES Policy. Specialist, US Fish and Wildlife Service


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