Turtles & tortoises
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Spanish Catalogue of invasive alien species.


Spain. Comes into force on Royal Decree 1628/2011de the Law of 14 November, which regulates the listing and Spanish catalog of invasive alien species. And among other concerns the ownership and marketing of turtles.

According to Article 61.3 of Law 42/2007 of December 13, involves the general prohibition of possession, transportation, traffic and trade of live or dead, their remains or propagules, including foreign trade.


As the turtles affects:

  • Chrysemys picta (Schneider, 1783). "Tortuga pintada".
  • Trachemys scripta (Schoepff, 1792). "Gapago de Florida".

Third transitional provision.

Pets, exotic pets or domestic animals.
Specimens of animal species included in the Catalogue acquired as pets, exotic pets or domestic animals before the entry into force of this Royal Decree, may be maintained by their owners, though, it will, at the latest a year, on the possession to the competent authorities of the autonomous communities and cities of Ceuta and Melilla. These authorities may establish, where necessary, appropriate systems of identification and / or marking (tattoo, ear tag, microchip and veterinary registration), wherever feasible and necessary, and request the signature of a signed declaration by the owner. Owners should immediately inform the accidental release of these and can not sell, reproduce, or transfer to another particular these specimens. As an alternative to that provided above, the competent authorities shall, if requested, the voluntary rrender of the animals mentioned. This release is available in the first instance, temporary, and while they are collected by the competent authorities in this matter, outlets or domestic pets and zoo legally constituted core that can be recognized by the competent authority as qualified for it.

Sixth additional provision.

Specific provisions for the American or Florida tortoise ("Trachemys scripta").
The bspecies' Trachemys scripta scripta "and" troosti Trachemys scripta, "included in the catalog as of May 1, 2013. Until then, proceed to the phasing out of these bspecies in the pet trade, exotic pets or domestic non-invasive species. Also during this period, the owners of the facilities and individuals dedicated to the sale take appropriate precautions to prevent the introduction of ch species in the wild.


2011. Boletín oficial del estado (España).  19398 Real Decreto 1628/2011, de 14 de noviembre, por el que se regula el listado y catálogo español de especies exóticas invasoras. Núm. 298 Lunes 12 de diciembre de 2011 Sec. I.   Pág. 132711

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