|(a) A first-time applicant for an alligator farmer's
permit must, prior to permit issuance, show evidence of the following
during a facility inspection by the department:
(1) adequate barriers to prevent escape or entry by
(2) a reliable source of clean, fresh water;
(3) provision for protection from the cold, either
available denning space or an enclosed, controlled-temperature environment;
(4) pooled water sufficient to allow complete submersion
(b) Alligator farmers possessing alligator eggs outside
an alligator nest shall house such eggs in identifiable original clutch
groups in an incubation facility approved by the department.
(c) Complete written records of all alligator stock
shall be kept, including shipping tickets, invoices, and bills of
(d) Farmers may collect eggs from nests of captive
alligators inside alligator farms at any time, provided each clutch
is accompanied by a captive nest stamp provided by the department.
Nesting activity of captive alligators shall be recorded on a daily
basis. An annual summary of nesting activity (PWD-371A) shall be submitted
to the department by September 15 of each year.
(e) Farmers possessing alligator eggs collected from
the wild shall complete and submit an annual report (PWD-371A) to
the department by September 30 of each year.
(f) The department reserves the right to deny permits
(1) any incubation facility with less than a 70% hatching
success over any period of two consecutive years; or
(2) any farm facility with less than a 70% hatchling
survival (hatch-to-harvest) over any period of two consecutive years.
(g) All facilities, alligator stock, and records are
subject to examination by department personnel prior to permitting
and thereafter during farm operation.
(h) No alligator eggs collected or obtained under authority
of this subchapter may be shipped out of state.
(i) Applications for hide tags (PWD 372) shall be submitted
to the department 15 days prior to harvest of alligators, except for
non-harvest mortalities, in which case the permittee shall notify
a game warden before skinning operations begin.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §65.361 adopted to be effective September 19, 1996, 21 TexReg 8732; amended to be effective October 21, 2003, 28 TexReg 9081; amended to be effective July 17, 2017, 42 TexReg 3548