Lacey Act Snake Ban Draws Venom From Constrictor Breeders, Owners And Lovers

March 7, 2015 10:43 PM

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Lacey Act Snake Ban Draws Venom From Constrictor Breeders, Owners And Lovers

Snake lovers are telling the federal government not to tread on them Saturday following a ban on four large species of constrictors. The ban, announced Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will prohibit importation and interstate transport of the reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, the green anaconda and the Beni anaconda, all of which were declared “injurious wildlife” under the Lacey Act of 1900.

The move is meant to help stop the spread of large snakes in the wild where officials say they are threatening endangered species. In a statement Friday, Dan Ashe, director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said large constrictors are costing the American public millions of dollars in damage and “pl...

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