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  • Animals and Wildlife Products

    The following list contains general guidelines for listing animals and animal parts on Users with questions about migratory birds, endangered species or other questionable items in this area should contact the

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Office ,

    your state wildlife regulatory agency or refer to extensive information on this topic available at

    Live Animals

    Live animals and pets may not be listed on for auction.

    Stuffed Birds

    Stuffed migratory birds, any part of any migratory bird, or any migratory bird nest or egg may not be listed on The law forbids the sale of migratory birds, including birds that can be lawfully hunted. Migratory birds include all ducks, geese, hawks, owls, crows and ravens. However, captive-bred, properly marked mallard ducks may be sold if the seller clearly states in the item description that the mallard duck was captive-bred. No other captive-bred waterfowl species may be sold without permits obtained from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

    Stuffed non-migratory birds, or parts of such birds, may generally be listed on These birds include upland game birds such as quail, turkey, pheasants and grouse.

    Animal Pelts and Skins

    Animal parts, including pelts and skins from endangered species (e.g., leopards, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, sable antelopes, mountain zebras and Hartmann mountain zebras) may not be sold in interstate commerce and therefore cannot be listed on Animal pelts and skins from non-endangered species (e.g., non-protected species of zebras, coyotes) may generally be listed on, if not in violation of the seller's specific state laws.

    Other Animal Products

    Endangered or protected species, or any part of any endangered or protected species may not be listed on

    Bear Products

    Bears and bear products (e.g., bear teeth, claws, and rugs) may not be listed on

    Mountain lions

    Products that contain any part from a mountain lion may not be listed on

    Marine Mammals

    Marine mammal products, including but not limited to Polar Bear, Sea Otter, Whales (Baleen & Ivory), Porpoise, Dolphins, & Seals, generally may not be listed for sale unless the animal part has been first transformed into an authentic Alaskan Native article of handicraft or clothing. The export/import of Marine Mammals typically requires CITES as well as other state and/or federal permits. Users should contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and/or National Marine Fisheries Service before importing/exporting marine mammal products.


    This area is complex, and sellers should consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their state wildlife regulatory agency to ensure that the particular item involved may lawfully be sold. Generally, ivory from African elephants may be sold so long as it was lawfully imported into the United States. Wooly mammoth ivory may be sold inside or outside the United States. Hippo ivory may be sold within the United States, but may not lawfully be imported into the United States.

    Internal organs of animals

    Internal organs of animals (e.g., bear gall bladders) may not be listed on

    Products made from "tortoise shell" or other turtle products

    There are a number of items that have been made, both lawfully and unlawfully, from the shell of the hawksbill turtle, a sea turtle that is now an endangered species protected by federal and international law. At one time, it was lawful to make jewelry, glasses, boxes and other items using the shell of the hawksbill turtle. However, the 1973 Endangered Species Act made it unlawful to sell items made in whole or part out of "genuine" hawksbill tortoise shells. will not permit the sale of any item made, in whole or part, from any part of a sea turtle. This includes items such as guitar picks, jewelry, jewelry boxes, hair combs, and other products made from the shell of the hawksbill turtle. Items that appear from the listing to be made from "genuine" tortoise shell are not permitted. realizes that users commonly use the phrase "tortoise shell" to describe items that have a particular design resembling a tortoise shell, and that many "tortoise shell" products are actually made out of plastic, glass or a composite material. These items are permitted on However, to avoid confusion, listings of such "faux" tortoise shell items should clearly state that the item is not made of "genuine" tortoise shell.


    California law places restrictions on the commercial sale of items made from parts of some non-protected species, including elephants, zebras, alligators and crocodiles. If you sell such items in California, click here to review California Penal Code 653o, and ensure that your sales comply with that law. All importers/exporters of wildlife must file with the USFWS a completed Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife (form 3-177).

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