The National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA, is warning members of the public, who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season, not to buy protected species.

Protected animals include the Yellow-billed and Black-billed Parrots, the Crested Quail-Dove, the Jamaican Parakeet, the American Crocodile, the Jamaican Slider Turtle and the Jamaican Yellow Snake.

NEPA is reminding the public that it’s an offence under the Wild Life Protection Act to have any protected animal in your possession or to hunt, kill, capture or willfully molest any of these animals.

Individuals found guilty of such an offence may be charged a maximum fine of $100,000 or face one-year imprisonment.

NEPA is urging members of the public to report any such illegal activities by calling 754-7540 or 1-888-991-5005.

Persons may also call 119 or make a report to the nearest police station.