Did you know that by purchasing these animals to ‘save’ them is the driving force behind the continued sale and abuse of our indigenous wildlife? If people are found without a permit to keep one of these animals, he/she may face prosecution even as a good Samaritan. Threatened or Protected Species may see a prosecution which carries charges up to R10 million and the seizure of assets. Do not support these traders! Report them to the relevant Nature Conservation officials and the closest SPCA. The NSPCA in joint operations with Nature Conservation have rescued many reptiles and handed in supporting evidence to the SAPS.
It is illegal to purchase and transport any indigenous wildlife without the relevant permits. Provincial Nature Conservation entities also require import permits if exotics are being brought from another province.