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Question about importing spiders

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chit Chat' started by jay17, Oct 4, 2018.

  1. jay17

    jay17 Active Member

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    Hi all,

    So I'm considering going to Florida later this year and part of the reason is to study wild Phidippus as part of my animal behaviour dissertation. What is the process for potentially bringing wild caught spiders back to the UK? I tried looking it up but I found conflicting information, some sites saying there are no restrictions and others saying I need to apply for a license.

    Thank you for any advice!
    Jay
  2. MassExodus

    MassExodus Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    You got me curious, so I went looking. I see where your confusion comes from..
    Personally, I'd put a few phiddipus in an empty shaving kit bag, or in my pocket, and just carry them on the plane. But I have little respect for silly laws and rules, you may not want to listen to me..
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    PanzoN88 Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    @Austin S. @Thistles or maybe even @KezyGLA would be able to assist you. Laws here in the states are pretty strict when it comes to importing/exporting in the US.
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    Metalman2004 Well-Known Member

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    This’ll be interesting. I’ve seen plenty of “US import” conversations, but no export conversations...
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  5. Austin S.

    Austin S. Well-Known Member 3 Year Member

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    You cannot bring them with you via airplane without proper documentation. You will need to contact USFW in Miami, FL for more details.
    Ask for Ryan Rodriquez - Off : 305-885-5244
    You will also need a specific permit, from your government officials.
    I am sure if you tell Miami exactly what you are wanting to do, they will direct you either where to go, or directly what to do.

    Let me know if you have any questions.
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    How well do you have to packa spider to survivea trip overseas? Bear in mind that cargo holds aren't always pressurized or heated.
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  7. Casey K.

    Casey K. Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    This is why I love you:p.....Bonnie and Clyde.....:D

    I shall plea the 5th in EVERYTHING! ;)
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    Whitelightning777 Well-Known Member Premium Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Did someone request Bonnie and Clyde? These are my 2 P vittata slings, a suspect male and female. I got these in a trade for my MM H pulchripes just before the ban with only a week or two to spare!!

    P vittata Bonnie chills 7.jpg

    Here's Bonnie.

    P vittata Clyde out at last 2.jpg

    This is Clyde. He's especially difficult to catch on film because he's much more reclusive and a bit more photo sensitive. They have totally different personalities.

    Clyde, however, does specialize in catching roaches and crickets in mid air as I drop them in &I have no idea which direction he comes from.

    Thank the Gods and Goddesses that he always returns home!! This happens no matter how little I slide the lid open. He's way faster then my neural processes can keep up with.
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  9. Casey K.

    Casey K. Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Beautiful spiders! Thanks for sharing! :) Can't wait to import again this year.... ;)
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    WolfSpider Well-Known Member

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    Are customs tough in the UK?? If not, I would just pack your species as you would to send by post, and put it in your carry on bag. It is worth asking the question to a knowledgeable source, but I bet that the carry on bag scanner would not pick it up here in the States.
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  11. Casey K.

    Casey K. Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Ahem.....
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