What is allowed

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What is allowed

Postby iamxaviera » Sun Mar 01, 2015 4:38 pm

Hi...I am new to this board and new to owning animals in South Africa. Please correct me if I am wrong, but...

Leopard tortoises are only allowed to be kept with a permit.

If a tortoise is not indigenous to SA, is it allowed and do you need a permit to keep it?

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Re: What is allowed

Postby Sico » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:10 pm

Illegal to keep any indigenous tortoise/terrapin/marine turtle without a permit, and very difficult to get a permit in most cases. Illegal to keep any exotic tortoise/terrapin/turtle without permits, and basically impossible to get a permit to do so, unless you are registered as a Zoo, etc
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Re: What is allowed

Postby Bushviper » Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:01 pm

Actually the authorities have become rather lenient on keeping leopard tortoises in Gauteng. You can contact nature Conservation and they will help you through the process of getting your tortoise legally.
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