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ALERT: America COMPETES Act of 2022 Lacey Act Amendments

Buried within the 2,912 pages of the America COMPETES Act of 2022 lie Lacey Act amendments that affect all non-domesticated pet/animal (i.e. all animals except dogs, cats, and traditional farm animals) owners. COMPETES is an acronym for Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength. The stated purpose of the Act is to …

Reminder: NC Tegu Ban/Native Species Rules Hearing

The public virtual hearing for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) proposed new rules is TODAY, January 20, 2022. NCWRC has proposed new rules regarding keeping and importing (into North Carolina) reptiles and other animals. The biggest issues for herpetoculture in this proposal include a ban on all tegus and import permit requirement for native …

ALERT: Proposed NC Tegu Ban/New Native Species Regulations

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) has proposed new laws regarding importing and keeping certain reptile, mammal, and bird species in North Carolina. The most urgent topics for herpetoculture in this proposal are bans on all tegu species and an import permit requirement for native species such as corn snakes, which are a very …

New members only features!

A primary goal of NCARK has always been to engage the community and that starts with our members. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our new members only forum to give our members an avenue to share their expertise, experience, and insight and help make NC herpetoculture all it can be. We also have a …

UPDATE: Robeson Co., NC

The proposed exotics ban for Robeson County has been unanimously denied by the Board of Commissioners. We will be working closely on defining their current ordinance without prohibition. Our sincere thanks go out to everyone who stood with NCARK and North Carolina herpetoculture. We are doing great things together!

ALERT: Robeson County, NC

Robeson County, North Carolina has proposed a ban on certain reptiles and “wild and dangerous animals.” Local residents should engage. A county law would apply to all unincorporated areas (those living outside of city limits) of Robeson County. The definition will include some reptiles, including those already regulated under state law. The Board of Commissioners …

NCARK.org is LIVE!

As of today, the NCARK.org website is live and ready for memberships and donations. We also have stickers and t-shirts available in our merchandise section. We would like to thank the NC herpetoculture community for their ongoing support. In particular, we want to give a huge shoutout to Sheena Bright, who’s photo submission won our …

ALERT: Wake County, Nc

Wake County, North Carolina may be proposing a ban on certain reptiles and exotic animals. Local residents should engage with their Board of Commissioner representatives ASAP. A county law would apply to all unincorporated areas (those living outside of city limits) of Wake County. NOTE: We have a state alert posted at http://ncark.org/?p=355. This effort is happening after …

Alert: Raleigh, NC

UPDATE 8/17: The Raleigh City Council just voted to send the animal ordinance to the Growth and Natural Resources Committee. The draft will be studied and likely amended. A hearing (with allowance for public comment) on the next draft will occur and a future City Council meeting. UPDATE 8/12: We just received draft #2. The agenda states, …