Post by MoonstoneGerbils on Feb 6, 2013 7:09:29 GMT -8
Jirds will be very difficult to import, because they are originally from africa. Duprasi (fat tailed gerbil) you might be able to. You will have to be careful about which airports you use and the legality of the animal being at that airport in the country/state/city.
I have had the pleasure of handling a Bushy tailed Jird, however they are basically extinct in the USA captive population. I've been looking for them for about 5 years to no avail. the one i held was too old to breed.
Beyond that, schimmels are going to be very regional based. i know some european breeders have them.
Post by Shooting Star on Feb 6, 2013 8:10:26 GMT -8
From what I can tell, Shaws are roughly rat-sized. Different websites disagree on whether that's doe-sized or large-buck-sized. UK Shaws are also different from continental European Shaws.
I've kept an eye out for US Shaws over the years, but haven't seen any so far. I'd love to keep them someday.
I didn't realize BTJs had disappeared! I remember several breeders in the midwest, and I got to see some once when I picked up gerbils from a breeder in the Carolinas, but I guess that was 5 or 6 years ago, now.
Post by Shooting Star on Feb 6, 2013 15:08:14 GMT -8
No, actually the monkeypox ban was lifted in 2008. I don't know why the CDC website still has them banned. I would put in a call or email to the CDC for clarification before totally ruling out African species.
Post by Shooting Star on Feb 6, 2013 15:47:46 GMT -8
Answered my own question: the FDA ban was lifted, but the CDC ban is still in effect. (Source.)
So you're SoL on most gerbil and jird species. That includes Shaw's jirds, Libyan jirds, bushy-tails, pallids, rock gerbils, charming dipodils, fat sand rats, duprasi, Sundevall's jirds, Anderson's gerbils, Greater Egyptian gerbils, Lesser Egyptian gerbils, and Baluchistan gerbils.
Species not found in Africa include Tristram's jirds, Cheeseman's gerbils, and Persian jirds.