Illinois Compiled Statutes 510 ILCS 68 Herptiles-herps Act Section 5-10

    (510 ILCS 68/5-10)

    Sec. 5-10. Commercialization; herpetoculture.

    (a) It is unlawful to take, possess, buy, sell, offer to buy or sell or barter any reptile, amphibian, or their eggs, any resulting offspring, or parts taken from the wild in this State for commercial purposes unless otherwise authorized by law.

    (b) The trier of fact may infer that a person is collecting from the wild within this State for commercial purposes if he or she possesses indigenous reptiles or amphibians, in whole or in part, for which no documentation exists stating that the animals were legally collected from the wild outside this State.

    (c) Due to the similarity of appearance (S/A) of certain intergrade or hybrid specimens, the Department retains the authority to enforce any and all provisions under this Act. Specimens determined by the Department, or its agents, to fit into this S/A category shall receive all benefits of this Act, as well as the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act if applicable, and shall be included in an individual's overall possession limit.

    (d) A valid, Department-issued Herpetoculture permit shall apply only to indigenous herp taxa. A Herpetoculture permit shall not be required in order to commercialize non-indigenous herp taxa except as otherwise prohibited or regulated under this Act.

    (e) Indigenous herp taxa collected from the wild in this State may not be bred unless otherwise authorized by the Department for research or recovery purposes.

(Source: P.A. 98-752, eff. 1-1-15.)

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