Isopod Law

William L Raker

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Just Recently I have found out that Isopods are regulated by the Department of Agriculture. You need a permit to buy them out of state, and one to sell them at all. This was interesting to me because I have been collecting bugs all my life and this is the first time I needed a permit for anything that I have bought. I am posting a link to the video on Youtube by Heretic Nature, the person who did all the legwork for us. I am a 20 year retired Army Soldier and I know how bad it can get when Government Regulations are not adhered to. We were not really on their radar, until the isopod market bloomed in the last few years, now we are.


Thanks to Heretic Nature for all the work he has done for the hobby.
 

Arthroverts

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Wow, thank you for sharing this @William L Raker, and thanks to Heretic Nature for putting this out there. This is a serious development for the hobby; I can only imagine what will happen if there is a high-profile case about this that leads to more legal pressure from the government on the hobby. Hopefully we as a hobby can be respectful of the law (even if some parts of it are not so great) and put our best foot forward. I've been meaning to apply for the permit for a while now, so I guess this gives me extra motivation to do so.

@SamanthaMarikian, do you see this?

Thanks,

Arthroverts
 

William L Raker

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I started applying for them today, and halted all of my on-line dealings until I get my permits. This is a little frustrating because i have been waiting to order some things for about a month now, but I want to do it right, and not cause or receive any problems. It is our responsibility to obey the laws, they are there for a reason. It is also necessary so we do not bring stricter regulations down upon us by trying to circumvent the relatively easy processes already in place.
 

The Mantis Menagerie

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Wait, a recent conference in the southwest? Was this at the TITAG IECC conference?

Also, I found some inaccuracies: any isopods that were brought into the state under a PPQ 526 permit can only be owned by permit-holders (unless the in-state seller has a commercial biological supply permit).

Separate PPQ 526 permits are required for importing, owning, and selling. You cannot have one permit do all three.

A commercial biological supply permit (what he calls a selling permit) authorizes shipments to non-permit holders (though no further distribution is allowed by the receiver).

You do not need a PPQ 526 permit to sell isopods that were wild-caught in-state and will not be shipped across state lines.

If anyone wants an idea of which isopod species you can sell, then look at Josh’s Frogs. Their selection of isopods for sale are authorized by USDA commercial biological supply permits.

@Arthroverts, the permits are not to difficult, as long as you comply with them (owning nothing besides what is legal).
 

Smokehound714

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IMO armadillidium should be eradicated from all of north america.. they have absolutely decimated native isopoda, V. californicus is likely extinct due to its much lower fecundity and limited habitat.
 

William L Raker

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Thank you Mantis for taking the time and clarifying some of the rules for us. I am just starting my breeding programs but do plan on selling locally in the future. I am sure that most of us want to do things the right way. Yet, it is my experience that most do not know what that is when laws are not common knowledge.
 

The Mantis Menagerie

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Thank you Mantis for taking the time and clarifying some of the rules for us. I am just starting my breeding programs but do plan on selling locally in the future. I am sure that most of us want to do things the right way. Yet, it is my experience that most do not know what that is when laws are not common knowledge.
Also, there is the problem that when you start complying with the law on certain species, you have to also comply with it for all species. This is a problem for exotic mantis keepers. The USDA does not usually enforce the regulations on exotic mantids, but having the permit means allowing inspections and increases the chances that they would enforce the regulations. Therefore, you cannot have any illegally acquired insects when they come to inspect your legal ones.
 

William L Raker

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I guess the rule of thumb is to get paperwork on everything, and do not keep anything that is illegal. all the inverts that I have were purchased locally at Repticon and other reptile shows.
 

The Mantis Menagerie

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I guess the rule of thumb is to get paperwork on everything, and do not keep anything that is illegal. all the inverts that I have were purchased locally at Repticon and other reptile shows.
Repticon is full of illegal arthropods. I have recently started seeing phasmids at Repticon! If an arthropod was moved illegally without a permit, then it is illegal to own (unless you have the permit for it). It does not matter where you purchase it.
 

Axolotl

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I'm relatively new to selling as a breeder of exotic invertebrates. I've reviewed all of the APHIS info and have started my permit applications. Do arachnids fall under this permit regulation? Forgive my ignorance, but this is my first dealing with acquiring permits.
 

Arthroverts

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@Axolotl, no arachnids that I know of other then those listed under CITES require permits/additional paperwork.

Thanks,

Arthroverts
 

Axolotl

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Thank you so much for the clarification! That's a little less paperwork I have to worry about.
 
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