The Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) is offering a number of reptiles for disposal through a ballot. The following species have been identified for the Department and are advertised as: 4 - Yellow-faced Whipsnake (Demansia psammophis) 1 - Marsh Snake (Hemiaspis signata) 3 - Eastern Stone Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) Every effort has been made to correctly identify these animals. The Department cannot guarantee the identification of an animal offered though the ballot system. These animals have been seized during recent law enforcement investigations. Some of these animals may have been caught in the wild and their original capture locations are unknown. The return of these animals to the wild is not a responsible conservation option. The Department recommends that a veterinarian checks all animals received through the ballot system and a reptile hygiene protocol be followed. If you wish to be included in the ballot you must register your interest by 2.00 PM Wednesday 18th November 2009. Registrations received after this time will not be accepted. You can register your interest by either a faxed message to 02 9585 6401 or an emailed message to firstname.lastname@example.org Phone inquiries will not be accepted. Your registration must include the following: 1. the words DECCW BALLOT in the title of your fax or email 2. your full name 3. your address 4. a prioritised list of the animals you would like to register for 5. your current NSW Animal Keepers’ Licence number authorising the possession of the animals you have registered for 6. your contact number between 2.45PM and 3:15PM on Wednesday 18th November 2009 7. NOTE: only one individual animal per licensee can be provided Any registrations that do not include all of the above will be excluded from the ballot. Licences will be checked before the ballot. Expired licences or licensees whose fauna record books we have not received for 2009 will also be excluded from the ballot. NB: If you are successful in the ballot you must be available to collect the animal from the Department’s Hurstville office between 2.30PM and 3.30PM on Thursday 19th November 2009. If you intend to have someone collect the animals from our office on your behalf they must have permission from you IN WRITING. Verbal permission will not be accepted. If you are successful: 1. you will be notified by phone between 2.45PM and 3.15PM on Wednesday 18th November 2009; 2. you must collect the animal from the Department’s Hurstville office between 2.30PM and 3.30PM on Thursday 19th November 2009. If you are unable to collect your animal during this time it will be forfeited to the next available person; and 3. the animal will be pre-bagged but you must bring a hard-shelled lockable container to transport your animal.