National Reptile Improvement Plan: Popularity breeds responsibility

What is the National Reptile Improvement Plan?

National Reptile Improvement Plan (NRIP) provides a cooperative Industry-State-Federal program that includes adoption and implementation of best management practices, a quality assurance program, and independent verification through periodic inspections.

It is the result of a coordinated effort among concerned experts in the reptile and amphibian trade and hobby, the USDA, the Florida Department of Agriculture, and PIJAC to identify best management practices and standard operating procedures which minimize the risk of introducing unwanted parasites in and around the U.S.

The plan works in cooperation with, and under the guidance and approval of, USDA-APHIS-VS and appropriate state authorities.
Learn more about the development of NRIP and its structure.

Why is the National Reptile Improvement Plan important?

Reptiles and amphibians, such as turtles, tortoises, lizards, and snakes, are very popular with hobbyists and important to zoological organizations and research institutions. But great responsibility also comes with that popularity.

Ticks or other unwanted parasites can unwittingly be introduced into new environments if the movement of these animals is not properly managed. This can spread parasites endangering other animals, humans, and the environment.

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