Title

Regulation of the Amphibian and Reptile Trade in Texas: A Review of the White and Black Lists with Recommendations for Improvement

Date of Award

6-1-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Env Policy Mgmt

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

Harold Tyus

Keywords

Herpetofauna, Pet trade, Ranking system, Recommendations, Regulation, Reptiles, Amphibians, Texas, Trade, White and black list

Abstract

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) regulates the commercial trade in 177 amphibians (51) and reptiles (126) with two lists: the White List (species can be commercialized) and the Black List (cannot be commercialized). I evaluated the appropriateness of assigning species to the lists from five perspectives, or factors: Available habitat, reproductive potential, relative abundance, demand in trade, and a combination of all four. Species list placement using data for all four factors had little agreement with TPWD lists, e.g., a comparison based on all factors combined was only 56%. A ranking system and 12 recommendations are provided to assist future management efforts.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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