Offspring of Lucy the Leucistic Boa Constrictor Sent to Brazil
June 17, 2015
The U.S. Attorney for the state of Utah has helped the Brazilian government in the repatriation of seven boa constrictors that are the offspring of a rare white leucistic boa constrictor named Lucy that was smuggled into the country by snake breeder Jeremy Stone.
According to Fox News Salt Lake City, the Brazilian government asked that Lucy and its offspring be seized and returned to the South American country, but the FBI upon executing a search warrant found that Lucy had died. The seven offspring of Lucy were returned to Brazil.
Jeremy Stone in July 2014 pled guilty to unlawfully transporting wildlife into the United States. He was sentenced to 12 months probation. He agreed to forfeit Lucy’s babies, which were then sent to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City where they had been cared for until they were returned to Brazil.
The case got a little weird as the wife of Stone, Kara Stone, asked a U.S. District Court Judge in January to find that she had an interest in the snake that Stone unlawfully transported into the United States, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. But it appears to have been settled as the offspring of the now deceased Lucy have been sent to Brazil.
John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata