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Trade in Savannah Monitors - USA Print E-mail

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The USA  recorded gross imports of 20,759 live savannah monitors per year between 1979 and 2009.Between 1999 and 2009 the average was 30,402 lizards per year. The animals have a retail price of as little as $20

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

 
 

 

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