Python Ban Update: Now is the Time to Comment
June 27, 2014
Four large constricting snakes have already been banned.
What is the government going to go after next? My ball python? If you love large constricting snakes, now is the time to let the government know, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking comments on the proposal to add five more constricting snakes to the federal python ban.
The service has proposed adding the reticulated python (Python reticulatus), boa constrictor ( Boa constrictor imperator), DeSchauensee's anaconda ( Eunectes deschauenseei), green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) and beni anaconda (Eunectes beniensis) to the list of large constricting snakes that are already banned. If the proposal is passed, it will be prohibited to import these snakes into the United States or transport them across state lines. You would still be able to keep them if you already own them, or purchase them in the state that you live in, but if you move to another state, you won't be allowed to take them with you.
Comments will be accepted through July 24.
If you wish to comment, go to www.regulations.gov and paste docket number FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015 into the search bar. Make a comment and let your voice be heard.
John B. Virata currently keeps 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. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata