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Old 19th August 2018   #1
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Question Is it legal to ship Axolotls from USA to BC Canada?

I've checked all over the internet and even reached out to CBSA (with no response), but I cannot find a definitive answer.

I am currently in the process of breeding my Axolotls and a really good friend of mine who lives in BC Canada wants a few to keep as pets in her classroom (she teaches year 7 science) to teach about regenerative limbs. I was wondering if I could legally ship the Axolotls to her and if so, what regulations I would need to follow in order to do so.

I am not a business. I am not selling them. I am just trying to help out a friend.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!



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Old 21st August 2018   #2
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Default Re: Is it legal to ship Axolotls from USA to BC Canada?

I know that there was a ban for a year (https://www.macleans.ca/society/no-m...-you-heard-us/) but it should be over now



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Old 6th September 2018   #3
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Default Re: Is it legal to ship Axolotls from USA to BC Canada?

'd need to apply for permits under CITES - which would probably make it far too complicated to be worthwhile.



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Default Re: Is it legal to ship Axolotls from USA to BC Canada?

No it is not legal. Ambystomid salamanders are classed as wildlife under the BC Wildlife Act and thus illegal to posses in BC.



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Default Re: Is it legal to ship Axolotls from USA to BC Canada?

Axolotls are illegal to posses in BC. All ambystomid salamanders are classed as wildlife under the BC Wildlife Act and thus are illegal to posses without a permit (which is usually for zoological institutions or similar).
The recipient would need a possession permit and and import permit from the B.C Government which would not be likely given for an individual.



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