Victory: Nevada Bans Commercial Reptile Collection
An Animal Rights Article from


Center for Biological Diversity
October 2017

In response to work by the Center, dozens of scientists and hundreds of supporters, the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners has voted to permanently ban commercial collection of reptiles in the state.

Previously Nevada was allowing unlimited for-profit reptile collection, causing dangerous population plunges in reptiles like chuckwallas and desert horned lizards.

desert horned lizard
Desert horned lizard

Commercial collectors have removed almost half a million reptiles from Nevada's public lands over the past 30 years. The vote on Saturday immediately halts commercial collection and will establish rules for a permanent ban.

"This is a huge win for our state's wildlife and people," said the Center's Nevada Director Patrick Donnelly.

"Our remarkable reptiles have been exploited for profit for too long."

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