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Four Snake Species Added To Restricted List


Soon, people won’t be able to bring or purchase certain pet snakes from different states.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently designated four species of snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act, making it illegal to import or sell them across state lines.

These species include reticulated pythons, DeSchauensee’s anacondas, green anacondas and Beni anacondas. Other harmful snake species already on the list include the Burmese python, yellow anaconda and northern and southern African pythons.

The purpose of the new law, according to the agency, is to help protect the ecosystem.

“Lots of our animals are very sensitive to introduced predators,” said Gavin Shire, public affairs chief for the wildlife services. “These snakes are particularly large, powerful and efficient predators that could put a great number of species of wildlife at risk.”

According to Shire, wildlife officials will be stationed at airports checking to see if any snakes are imported into the country. As for state borders, undercover agents will be checking to see if any snakes will be transported across state lines.

But some North Central Florida snake experts are against the new law. Matthew Tie, manager of the Rowdy Reptile Shop, said the legislation would create a burden on the pet trade.

“You’re also affecting Internet sales, which is a big portion of the reptile business,” said Tie. “Not everyone has a mom-and-pop reptile shop that they can go to, so some have to buy from vendors online.”

The new legislation could affect local breeders who sell snakes to many pet shops like the Rowdy Reptile. There are people that only specialize in reticulated pythons. That’s what they’ve done for decades, Tie said

The law is expected to go into effect in early April.

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About Zak Dahlheimer

Zak is a reporter for WUFT News who may be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news @wuft.org

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  1. Thanks to people deflecting blame for the problem in the Everglades, now the entire US has restrictions on these animals. Just remember this when every animal in the Everglades is gone including the Burms and it’s still being destroyed. Look at where the complaint about the Burms began, look at the money trail and look at what those people have to cover up. Fix the real problem before it’s too late. The harm done nation wide because of blaming these snakes has ruined peoples lives and livelyhoods and effected hundreds of thousands of pet owners all because of ignorance and stupidity. I’ll give you people a hint, a full grown Burmese python will eat on the high end, 25 meals a year. I’m not saying that they haven’t had an impact on the Everglades but they’re not doing what has been claimed. For them to have that level of impact, there would have to be literally hundreds of millions of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. There aren’t and there never will be.

    On top of that, now FWS is shoving it’s nose in concerning other species that have had zero impact on Florida and NONE OF THE SPECIES ON THE LACEY ACT CAN SURVIVE OUTSIDE OF SOUTHERN FLORIDA! So, frankly, at this point, keep blaming the Burms, lose the Everglades and pay the price for your hubris. Just don’t ask the people this law has screwed over for help.

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