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SECTION 391-N
Sale of reptiles; notice
General Business (GBS) CHAPTER 20, ARTICLE 26
§ 391-n. Sale of reptiles; notice. 1. Any person, firm, partnership,
association or corporation who or which sells reptiles at retail shall
give written notice to the purchaser of a reptile that reptiles are a
potential cause of salmonellosis. Such notice shall substantially
contain the following language:

(a) As with many other animals, reptiles carry salmonella bacteria
which can make people sick. To reduce the chance of infection, follow
these safe reptile handling steps.

(b) Always wash your hands thoroughly after you handle your pet
reptile, its food or anything it has touched.

(c) Keep your pet reptile in a habitat designed for it.

(d) Keep your pet reptile and its equipment out of the kitchen or any
area where food is prepared.

(e) Keep reptiles out of homes where there are children under one year
of age or people with weakened immune systems. Children under five
should handle reptiles only with adult/parental guidance.

2. Every proprietor who or which conducts a business of selling
reptiles at retail shall conspicuously post a warning poster on premises
alerting consumers that reptiles are a potential cause of salmonellosis
and should be handled with care. The warning poster shall be available
in two sizes, the smaller of which shall be eight and one-half inches by
eleven inches and the larger of which shall be eleven inches by
twenty-five and one-half inches. The larger poster shall be utilized for
posting unless because of limited wall space or store layout the larger
poster cannot fit in a conspicuous spot near the reptile displays, in
which case the smaller poster may be used. Such poster shall have
conspicuous lettering and type and shall substantially contain the
following language:

(a) As with many other animals, reptiles carry salmonella bacteria
which can make people sick. To reduce the chance of infection, follow
these safe reptile handling steps.

(b) Always wash your hands thoroughly after you handle your pet
reptile, its food or anything it has touched.

(c) Keep your pet reptile in a habitat designed for it.

(d) Keep your pet reptile and its equipment out of the kitchen or any
area where food is prepared.

(e) Keep reptiles out of homes where there are children under one year
of age or people with weakened immune systems. Children under five
should handle reptiles only with adult/parental guidance.

3. Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation or
proprietor who or which violates the provisions of this section shall be
subject to a civil penalty not to exceed fifty dollars for each day of
the violation, but in no event shall the total amount of such penalties
exceed five hundred dollars.