Chinese Crocodile With Bound Mouth

An endangered Chinese crocodile is shown by Terry Cullin to the public at the National Reptile Expo in Dayton Beach Florida. The pet industry imports exotic pets. There are few controls of what can be brought--22 of 24 species of pythons are available as wekk as boas, crocodiles, iguanas, bird-eating spiders. <br />
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The US dominates both import and export in the booming reptile trade. More than 2.5 million reptiles are brought in annually. Enough are released "into the wild" when they become too large or require too much of an owners time, that feral colonies of green lizards, boa constrictors, cane toads and 32 exotic species have set up housekeeping in Florida. In turn, Florida ships out 9.5 million reptiles including 8.5 million red-eared slider turtles from the farms and swamps of Louisiana. They are exported for food sources in Asia, but are now illegal.

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