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Question about importing spiders

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

  1. jay17

    jay17 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

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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

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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.