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Old 12th March 2005   #35
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Buying from a commercial dealer/wholesaler will most probably lead to a continued collection of these animals in the wild as one has proven that there is a demand. Any removal of animals of any developmental stage from the wild has to be based on a sound population assessment. In my opinion a lot more effort should be put into the description of populations, their habitats, ethology and ecology before even thinking about keeping a particular species in captivity. The subjective observation of a high animal density at a given location and time is worthless regarding conservational status or population dynamics. So far, I haven't seen any hard data on the extended range of N. kaiseri and I have yet to see proof of any operational commercial caudata breeding facility.

(Message edited by ralf on March 12, 2005)
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