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RE: buying a tort

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Posted by: Ivory Tortoise at Tue Oct 5 22:33:12 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Ivory Tortoise ]  
   

As already mentioned the Leopard tortoise and the African spurred tortoise require an accredited veterinarian to examine the tortoises for ticks, and issue a certificate of veterinarian inspection stating the tortoise is free of ticks, in order to transport those species across any state line. The Bell’s hinge-back tortoise is included in this group.

If the tortoises were transported, from out of state to the show, and there is not a show veterinarian, the vendor should be able to give you a copy of his health certificate (assuming he transported the tortoises legally). It is a violation of federal law to transport the tortoise across state lines without the health certificate.

You can go to the below web page for specific requirements for your state:


USDA - APHIS State Import and Export regulations


   

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