Like Vicki I too wonder what gives. I thought all our Reptiles were
protected!! I recently had e-mail from my daughter in London, where she
said she was buying meal worms for the birds from a Pet Dealer called "Cold
Blooded" in Rainham Essex. She was surprised to see Bearded Dragons
Amphibolurus barbatus [a common species in our area] for sale, the Pet Shop
man said they were a very popular pet in England!!
> From: Vicki Parslow Stafford <>
> Subject: Re: birding-aus Birds in Captivity (was Re: Spotted Bowerbird)
> Date: Saturday, 20 March 1999 14:56
> > From: Mike Owen <>
> > To: palliser <>
> > palliser wrote:
> > > 2. What unusual Australian birds have you seen in captivity and
> > 6 Kookaburras in a bird dealer in Yorkshire, England, all
> > laughing at the top of their voice in a small room. Apparently
> > the biggest breeder of Kookaburras in North America lives in
> > Anchorage, Alasaka, and has about 6 breeding pairs (they breed
> > easily in captivity) in her family room!
> On a related note, perhaps Mike and others could answer something that's
> been puzzling me for a while.
> On a number of US newsgroups and mailing lists I subscribe to, mention is
> occasionally made of pet shop vendors, breeders and owners of Australian
> fauna that, as far as I know, are protected species in Australia and not
> generally the subject of legitimate trade. Mike Owen mentioned
> kookaburras. Apparently sugar-gliders also are something of a fashionable
> pet, and recently some US posters have spoken of having pet wallabies.
> What gives? Can anyone enlighten me as to how these and other species,
> which cannot be kept simply as pets or traded in here in Australia, have
> come to be so common in the US. Is this purely as a result of illegal
> trade, or are there legitimate avenues for this to occur?
> Enquiring mind wants to know
> Vicki PS
> Vicki Parslow Stafford | "Even if you can't live up
> (Procrastination While U Wait) | to your destiny, you can
> | at least have one".
> Ipswich, Qld. Australia
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