The Trade in Southeast Asian Python Skins

ITC, 2012, xiii, 54 pages

71 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2013

Date Written: November 14, 2012


This report describes the trade flows of python skins in Southeast Asia and identifies the main points of value addition in the supply chain for the five most heavily traded python species; provides information on the regulation of python skin trade; analyzes the trade flows in python skins from key exporting countries in Southeast Asia; gives an overview of the value chain of pythons; reviews welfare and sustainability issues regarding python harvesting for the skin trade; presents recommendations in a number of areas of concern relating to illegal trade, trade measures, sustainability and animal welfare; includes bibliography.

Keywords: python; biodiversity; conservation; trade; sustainability; animal welfare; illegal trade

Suggested Citation

Kasterine, Alexander, The Trade in Southeast Asian Python Skins (November 14, 2012). ITC, 2012, xiii, 54 pages. Available at SSRN: or

Alexander Kasterine (Contact Author)

International Trade Centre (ITC) ( email )

54-56 Rue de Montbrillant

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