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Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

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Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

Postby Ash » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:52 pm

Utah legalized tenrecs.

Somebody must have gone through the process to change the law to allow for tenrecs. I just noticed it today when I was reviewing the laws for obtaining permits. I'm happy and excited, but I really wonder what the story is behind it. They legalized the entire genus, so if someone in Utah wants to own tenrecs, they are now another pet option. :icon-wink: I've always thought they were interesting, so might be something worth looking into!

It's just such an obscure species to suddenly list! Like how did that happen? lol

https://wildlife.utah.gov/hunting-in-utah/guidebooks/46-rules/rules-regulations/940-r657-3--collection-importation-transportation-and-possession-of-animals.html
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Re: Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:59 pm

Interesting. Someone must have really wanted one. The type we have here don't seem all that interesting but they do seem to slowly be catching on.
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Re: Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

Postby TexasYankee » Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:02 pm

The lesser hedgehog tenrec is monotypic within its genus, however they actually legalized the entire family. I know all five spiny tenrec species are kept in Europe and streaked tenrecs are not found in private hands in the US. Anyone have any idea of common or greater hedgehog tenrecs are legal?

Also, based on the fact you had foxes I assumed that Utah had reasonable exotic animal laws, but with regards to mammals the only things on that list that aren't legal in Massachusetts are foxes, elk, tenrecs, and Mongolian jirds. On the other hand, if I'm reading it right, you basically allow all birds that aren't CITES-listed, as well as toucans, parrots, and turacos. (First two groups are legal in MA, turacos aren't.)
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Re: Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

Postby minervasden » Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:16 pm

There are streaked tenrecs here. They come up on exoticanimalsforsale .net occasionally.
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Re: Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:19 pm

The thing with tenrecs is a USDA ban on import on the false premise that they could bring in hoof and mouth disease but someone some years back accidentally-on-purpose imported some and they let them stay. Yes I know some one in Maryland with a hedgehog tenrec so they are among the ones that got in. They are supposed to be friendlier than hedgehogs so that's a plus but they don't look all that impressive. Oh and Silly Safari's had babies recently https://www.facebook.com/15380397465738 ... 85/?type=3
And S&S exotics had babies in June https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php? ... cmVjJ3M%3D

Oh streaked two. Well maybe they lifted the ban then or more types were brought in that I thought. Those ones are cool.

edit: yeah they revised it to just a restriction https://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_expor ... enrecs.pdf
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Re: Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

Postby TexasYankee » Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:51 pm

So hedgehogs carry foot-and-mouth disease, tenrecs look like hedgehogs, therefore they must carry foot-and-mouth disease. Nice going, USDA. And it looks like importing directly from Madagascar is sadly out, which means no attempting to import and breed the non-spiny species.

Also, lesser hedgehog tenrecs are easy to find; the pictures you posted are both lesser hedgies. I'm talking about greater hedgehog tenrecs and common tenrecs (which also look a bit like hedgehogs).
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Re: Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:49 am

Ah okay well a common in US https://www.facebook.com/kytycritters/p ... 41/?type=3


I know some with Greater in UK so if not here could maybe be imported.
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Re: Utah Legalizes Tenrecs??

Postby TexasYankee » Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:29 am

Neat. Yeah, all five of the spiny species are bred in Europe, but none of the others AFAIK. Which is a shame, because large-eared tenrecs are adorable. I was hoping that if I get myself into a financial position where I can import animals from Madagascar I might be able to bring some in and set up a breeding colony. Of course by the time that happens, maybe someone in the USDA will have realized that tenrecs don't carry foot-and-mouth disease. Unlike the FWS and EPA, the USDA and CDC seem willing to sometimes take animals off their banned lists.

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