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Trade in Savannah Monitors Print E-mail
ImageCITES has kept records of international trade in savannah monitors since the mid 1970s. The USA by by far the largest consumer of pet savannah monitors, with gross imports totaling 642,500 animals up to 2010. In total, the UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Spain, France, Taiwan and  Netherlands recorded gross imports of 145,711 up to 2010.

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Source CITES Trade Database,  http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/trade.shtml

 

 
 

 

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