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statenfish 08-31-2009 08:34 PM

snakeheads in captivity
 
a good friend keeps snake heads and they are amazing...my question is an ethical one.. should he even have these fish? is it true that they are illegal? despite the reputation they are beautiful and a clear apex predator. i love to watch them but if you put your hand in the tank kiss it goodbye lol

Phatfish 09-01-2009 12:09 AM

they are illegal unless you have a permit. I think we should be able to have one with a permit. Irresponsible people ruin it for everyone! Just as there are alcoholics with cars, or incompetent people with guns, It does not make it illegal to own these things. Exotic animals should not be outlawed but regulated so it doesn't get in the wrong hands.... although it is inevitable.

Mikaila31 09-01-2009 02:53 PM

Yeah illegal in the states unless you have permit. They have already been found in native waters, they are illegal because they pose a risk of becoming an invasive species.

Lupin 09-02-2009 04:21 AM

Federal law bans possession of any snakehead especially in New York. Your friend will face stiffer penalties if caught.

Quote:

NEW YORK:

The following species are illegal to buy, sell, transport, or possess w/o a permit (issued for limited educational or scientific purposes):

(i) Silver carp (Hypophthalmicthys molitrix)

(ii) Bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis)

(iii) Black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)

(iv) Snakehead fish of the genera Channa and Parachanna (or the generic synonyms of Bostrychoides, Opicephalus, Ophiocephalus, and Parophiocephalus) of the Family Channidae, including but not limited to:

(a) Channa amphibius (Chel or Borna snakehead)

(b ) Channa argus (Northern or Amur snakehead)

(c ) Channa asiatica (Chinese or Northern Green snakehead)

(d) Channa aurantimaculata

(e) Channa bankanensis (Bangka snakehead)

(f) Channa baramensis (Baram snakehead)

(g) Channa barca (barca or tiger snakehead)

(h) Channa bleheri (rainbow or jewel snakehead)

(i) Channa cyanospilos (bluespotted snakehead)

(j) Channa gachua (dwarf, gaucha, or frog snakehead)

(k) Channa harcourtbutleri (Inle snakehead)

(l) Channa lucius (shiny or splendid snakehead)

(m) Channa maculata (blotched snakehead)

(n) Channa marulius (bullseye, murrel, Indian, great, or cobra snakehead)

(o) Channa maruloides (emperor snakehead)

(p) Channa melanoptera

(q) Channa melasoma (black snakehead)

(r ) Channa micropeltes (giant, red or redline snakehead)

(s) Channa nox

(t) Channa orientalis (Ceylon of Ceylonese Green snakehead)

(u) Channa panaw

(v) Channa pleurophthalmus (ocellated, spotted, or eyespot snakehead)

(w) Channa punctata (dotted or spotted snakehead)

(x) Channa stewartii (golden snakehead)

(y) Channa striata (chevron or striped snakehead)

(z) Parachanna africana (Niger or African snakehead)

(aa) Parachanna insignis (Congo, square-spotted African, or light African snakehead)

(bb) Parachanna obscura (dark African, dusky or square-spotted snakehead)


Source: 6 NYCRR Part 180 (New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation Rules and Regulations). Website link below:

http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/r...180.html#180.9

Lupin 09-02-2009 04:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mikaila31 (Post 236714)
Yeah illegal in the states unless you have permit. They have already been found in native waters, they are illegal because they pose a risk of becoming an invasive species.

For collection purposes, the permit cannot be issued. Even then, they would prefer the snakehead dead in your possession than live.


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