US Fish & Wildlife Seeks to Add Five Snakes to Injurious List

UPDATE: Reticulated Pythons To Be Added To Lacey Act

retic5The US Herpetoculture Alliance has just learned that reticulated pythons and green anacondas, along with two obscure species of anaconda, will be added to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act. Boa constrictor will remain under consideration, but will not be listed at this time.

“We are making a final determination to list four species of large constrictor snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act: Reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, green anaconda, and Beni anaconda. The boa constrictor is still under consideration for listing.” ~ US Fish & Wildlife Service 7/23/13

The Herp Alliance has not engaged in advocacy for some time. Funding for a first class federal advocacy program is extremely costly. We have reorganized as a conservation and education organization.

The Herp Alliance broke this story yesterday. We are incorporating a news and commentary component to our mission. To that end, this information was first published last July in the Department of Interior Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. This notice provides the semiannual agenda of rules scheduled for review or development between spring 2013 and spring 2014. So this information has been available for some time.

Reticulated pythons and the anacondas will officially be added to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act when US Fish and Wildlife Service publishes the finalized portion of the ‘Constrictor Rule’ in the Federal Register.

The reptile and pet trade associations cannot sit fat, dumb and happy while the rights of herpetoculturists are regulated into oblivion.  By the time the collective coma is shaken off, the days of breeding Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons and Boa constrictors may be lost forever.

It is the opinion of the US Herpetoculture Alliance that the only real recourse is for one or both of the trade associations to file a federal lawsuit against the US Fish & Wildlife Service challenging the merits of the original ‘Constrictor Rule’ of 2012.



16 thoughts on “UPDATE: Reticulated Pythons To Be Added To Lacey Act”

  1. As a small breeder this impacts me, but to big breeders that specialize in retics, this just basically puts them out of business. What can we do to stop this legislation? Can anything be done because Boa constrictors are next, then what ball pythons, bearded dragons, etc.
    The US govt. is trying to obliterate our whole industry putting millions of people in jeopardy of loosing their ability to earn a living.

  2. I suggest that if you belong to a trade association, or make significant donations to a trade association, you suggest that they use donations to file a lawsuit against FWS challenging the merits of the ‘Constrictor Rule’. Good luck!

  3. This is ridiculus so much for this being a free country , there has to be something we can do before we are stripped of all our rights

  4. We the people, that are involved in herpeteculture, are tired of being singled out because of the animals we love. This country has a million problems and yet the Lacey Act will do nothing but add to many of those problems. Large python breeders are educators,businessmen,and fathers trying to make a living to put food on the table for their families and create what at one time was the American Dream.

    I ask all the senators and lobbyists, trying to pass the Lacey Act, to realize that and tackle the real problems facing this country.

  5. I’m a little confused. So if it is passed even people keeping Boas as pets (not selling or breeding them) basically won’t be able to keep their pets. What will happen to all those animals? My friends keep boas and whats next ball pythons, which I keep.

  6. Kari, those whom currently have these species as pets need not be concerned with anything unless they plan to move or transport their animals out of state.
    This heavily impacts breeders, educators, and rescues of these animals. But those whom own them can continue to keep their animals.
    No new individuals will be allowed to be imported or transported across state lines, unless special permission has been granted.

    I have 5 boa constrictors and it pains me to think I may never have the opportunity to own a quality locale if bred out of state.

  7. All the laws that are in effect stems from what is and has been happening in the state of florida ,I myself started catching snakes and other reptiles when I was around 10 yrs. old , and ever since then have had reptiles for pets , large constrictors have always been my choice of reptile, the current state I live in you must have permits to own-rehabilitate-and display in public , it is against the law to breed large constrictors unless you are a zoo.I guess the point that I am trying to make is that even if I wanted to breed Burmese or retics the state laws restricts it,and if the state did allow breeding I could only sell with in my own state.So between state and fed laws what is going to happen when in my state all the large constrictors die off,beings you can not breed them or import them,don’t you think that is a fourm of genacid against these types of reptiles ?.I think so,i plan on moving to another state and hope that I will be able to have the right to at least keep my reptiles as loved pets without being hounded by state and fed laws.

  8. The Obama administration along with the lacey act can not put a ban on the constructor snake trade because of this loop hole if a snake is born and breed in captivity on us land it is considered a us snake and not imported snake on the snake trade market. If the snake is born on us land than it can be transported from state to state in the legal custody of its owner along with a receipt or Bill of sale for the snake.

  9. The U.S. government has become more of a dictatorship. They try to take things away that we enjoy doing like snake hobbying. There focus should be more on the economy and creating jobs. God created these snakes, not the government. Snakes should be sold to responsible owners, not banned. They should reinstate those four species that are currently banned from selling outside of states. Keep all nine species intact like it should be. I would focus more on venomous snake, than non-venomous. People definitely need permits when purchasing a venomous snake. As for non-venomous snakes, absolutely not. Maybe a background check or something should be required.

  10. there all total asses and i agree they should worry about the problems in this country and they make these snakes illegal because their dangerous well all of use breeders and owns arent stupid we know the danger of these animals and for the most part these b ig snakes arent agressive once they know you wont hurt them yeah you the handle full with tempers but all in all there a great pet for a responsible owner and care taker total bullshit what the government is doing what happened to the american dream and living free i gess they threw that out the window to

  11. Why does everyone else in the country have to suffer from a local problem in south Florida?these animals are not at all goin to take over the northern parts o the rest of the United states because they would die in those climates.some people do not realize that could ruin someone’s career as a snake breeder. How would people react if there was an act saying that people could not take there dogs or there cats across state lines?these animals are not bad creatures and society needs to wake up and realize that all these “facts” are just rediciolus myths.not only are all these snake owners suffering but after our soldiers risk there lives for our freedom but now they don’t even have the freedom to travel with their pets. That is all.

  12. Im confused is this stating that the retics are now on the list of banned cross state transporting or is it saying the retic is next( like it has to be finalized) or it already is final..?

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