15A NCAC 10B .0123      limitations on CERTAIN Exotic SPECIES

(a)  Except as provided in this Rule, it shall be unlawful to import, transport, export, purchase, possess, sell, transfer, or release into public or private waters or lands of the State, any­ live specimen(s) of Tongueless or African Clawed Frog (Xenopus spp.), Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei), Cuban Treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis), any Asian Newts (genera Cynops, Pachytriton, Paramesotriton, Laotriton, Tylototriton), or Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans).

(b)  The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission may by permit authorize importation, transportation, exportation, purchase, possession, sale, or transfer of any species in this Rule by the following entities, subject to the specified limitations:

(1)           Retail and Wholesale Establishments. Importation, possession, sale, transfer, transportation, and exportation of these species within North Carolina, by retail and wholesale establishments whose primary business is providing scientific supplies for research, shall be allowed by permit, provided the following conditions are met:

(A)          the application for a permit shall be in writing and include plans for holding, transportation, advertisement, and sale to allow a determination of the safeguards employed to prevent accidental escape and sales to unauthorized individuals;

(B)          in-state sale or transfer is allowed only to agencies, entities, and institutions listed in Subparagraph (2) of this Paragraph;

(C)          exportation shall comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the importing state;

(D)          all specimens shall be possessed in indoor facilities; and

(E)           transportation of specimens shall employ safeguards that prevent accidental escape.

(2)           Government Agencies and Research Institutions. Purchase, importation, possession, transfer, transportation, and exportation of these species within North Carolina shall be allowed by permitted state and federal governmental agencies, corporate research entities, and research institutions, provided the following conditions are met:

(A)          the application for a permit shall be in writing and include plans for holding, transportation, final disposition, and safeguards to prevent accidental escape;

(B)          exportation shall comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the importing state;

(C)          all specimens shall be possessed in indoor facilities;

(D)          transportation of specimens shall employ safeguards that prevent accidental escape; and

(E)           the agency's, entity's, or institution's Animal Use and Care Committee has approved the research protocol for these species.

(c)  Notwithstanding Paragraph (a) of this Rule, it shall be lawful for private individuals in possession of a live specimen(s) of Red-eared Slider(s)(Trachemys scripta elegans) prior to August 1, 2018, to retain, transport, transfer, or export the animal(s) in their possession.

(d)  Notwithstanding Paragraph (a) of this Rule, facilities open to the public for education may apply for a permit to collect, receive, and possess Red-eared Slider(s).

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-274; 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1994;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2018; April 1, 1997.