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The Illegal Wildlife Trade as a Source of New Alien Species

This red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) was found in Adelaide in 2016, despite being banned in Australia. Credit: Pablo García Díaz

This red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) was found in Adelaide in 2016, despite being banned in Australia. Credit: Pablo García Díaz

By Pablo García Díaz, Joshua Ross, Andrew Woolnough & Phill Cassey

The illegal wildlife trade is increasing the likelihood that foreign reptiles will become established in the wild – with consequences for both biodiversity and human health.

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