Monitoring the trade: using the CITES trade database to examine the dynamics of the trade in live monitor lizards (Varanus spp.)

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Abstract

Previous research has shown particular monitor lizard species to be the subject of intense exploitation for the global trade in reptile skins. However, to date there has not been a review of the CITES - declared trade in live monitor lizards. This paper examines the dynamics of the trade in live monitor lizards between 1975 and 2005, based on CITES import data to determine the countries involved, as both exporters and importers. In addition, the species involved in the trade and their source are explored. The results are then discussed with regards to the conservation implications of this trade.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-45
Number of pages9
JournalBiawak: Quarterly Journal of Varanid Biology and Husbandry
Volume3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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