Snake laundering rampant in the Indonesian reptile export market via @mongabay
Snake laundering rampant in the Indonesian reptile export market mongabay.com November 21, 2011 Often lauded as a model for conserving wild populations, breeding centers in Indonesia are shown to be actually worsening depletion of wildlife. Green tree python Breeding farms in Indonesia are being used to launder illegally caught wildlife, finds a new study published in the journal Biological Conservation . The research is based on surveys of traders who supply the market for green pythons (Morelia viridis ), a non-venomous snake popular in the pet trade for its many color forms. The authors — Jessica Lyons and Daniel Natusch of the University of New South Wales — tracked pythons from their point of capture in Indonesian New Guinea and Maluku to breeding farms in Jakarta where the snakes are exported for the pet trade as "captive-bred". They found that 80 percent of snakes e...