Louisiana Seeks to Ban Nearly All Pythons and All Venomous Snakes

state_seal_color3On February 28, 2014, Louisiana Senator Norbert (“Norby”) Chabert (R) introduced Senate Bill 357.

Senate Bill 357 seeks to ban the private ownership of all Carpet and Diamond pythons, Papuan pythons, Olive Pythons, Scrub pythons, Amethystine pythons, South African pythons, African Rock pythons, Burmese pythons, Reticulated pythons, all species of the genus Boa, and all Anacondas.  It also is an outright ban on the ownership of all venomous snakes.  Full text of Louisiana Senate Bill 357.

SB 357 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.  Contacts for all committee members is included below.  Lousiana residents need to act NOW.

Committee Members

Senator Gerald Long (Chairman)
P.O. Box 151
Winnfield, LA 71483

(318) 628-5799
longg@legis.la.gov
Senator Rick Ward, III (Vice-Chairman)
3741 Highway 1
Port Allen, LA 70767

(225) 246-8838
wardr@legis.la.gov
Senator R.L. “Bret” Allain, II
600 Main Street
Suite 1
Franklin, LA 70538

(337) 828-9107
allainb@legis.la.gov
Senator “Jody” Amedee
2109 S. Burnside Ave.
Suite A
Gonzales, LA 70737

(225) 644-1526
amedeej@legis.la.gov
Senator Norbèrt N. “Norby” Chabert
P.O. Box 2417
Houma, LA 70361

(985) 858-2927
chabertn@legis.la.gov
Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell
6305 Elysian Fields Ave.
Suite 404
New Orleans, LA 70122

(504) 284-4794
morrelljp@legis.la.gov
Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish
119 W. Nezpique Street
Jennings, LA 70546

(337) 824-3979
morrishd@legis.la.gov
Senator Page Cortez (Interim Member)
101 W. Farrell Road
Bldg. 5, Suite 100
Lafayette, LA 70508

(337) 993-7430
cortezp@legis.la.gov

13 thoughts on “Louisiana Seeks to Ban Nearly All Pythons and All Venomous Snakes”

  1. The new of the ban is very heart breaking to me. As I am a snake owner and lover. I hope that this ban is not passed. And I will be able to continue to have the animals that I love. The reptail word is getting hit pretty hard with many new bans because many people fear what would happen if they were released into our wild life. But I have not seen any evidence that that is happening through out our state. What is happening is we are being over run with cats and dogs. Many ferile animals destroy other animal wildlife and nothing is being done. People still breed their cats and dogs and refuse to get the spayed or neatured. When shelters are over run with animals with out homes. Can some one tell me why this ban is trying to be placed on reptail?

    1. Louisiana already has a permitting system in place. Since 1990, Louisiana has not had a single injury or fatality to a human resulting from a captive reptile. This bill serves no purpose other than to deprive Louisiana residents of their private property and Louisiana businesses of millions of dollars per year in annual revenues.

  2. These general laws will impact future generations of biologists , venom producers and medical researchers to name a few. This philosophy is near sited and shear reactionary to hype. It makes as much sense as outlawing antivenom and any drugs made from venom in to the state. Jack Facente

  3. I think this Is completely idiotic why put a ban of snakes and punish the people that buy these snakes and keep them as a honest hobby and mix them with the stupid ass. Idiots that get them and then release them in to the surrounding area and just make a better attempt to make sure the people buying these animals have the proper credentials and are getting them for the purposes that they say they are.

  4. Hey guys, especially Louisiana readers, please go like my page at https://www.facebook.com/laherps – NOTE I just started this today so there is not much on it. It doesn’t look like anyone in Louisiana is specifically starting a movement to fight this. National groups are, but we need local pressure on these politicians. I am willing to manage this page and spread info to pet stores, etc., to help. Please like that page and share with your snake loving friends. In the coming week I will fill this page with useful information to help fight this ban. Thanks, Michael.

  5. I’m a proud reptile owner and hobbist. I also enjoy the education of others. Helping to remove the negative opinions of things some do not understand. I also am a veteran of the US Navy. Not only are these bans ridiculous it is a violation of rights and liberties and the pursuit of happiness that I fought to protect. Not to mention the destruction of people livelihood and right to free enterprise. Vote no to this and any bill, or you will never recieve my vote. I fully comply with ever permit that I currently need. Forcing these types of bills will only force reptile owner’s under ground. Look at how well the war on drugs is progressing. We are animal lovers and more in tune with economic and environmental effects than most cat and dog owners. Hear my voice and that of others.

  6. Please vote NO on this and any other ban on exotic pets. Please stop wasting taxpayer money on made up exotic issues such as this. It would be different if these animals were killing and injuring, say, about 4.5 million people a year, then I would agree that regulation is necessary. But that’s not the case. All exotics combined don’t even make a dent in the dog bite #s. In fact, the #s are so low that it’s negligible.

    Dogs, however ARE injuring about 4.5 million people a year and almost one in five of those who are bitten, about 885,000, require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries; half of these are children. In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

    I’m not against dog ownership. I’m hoping that the nonreptile, dog loving people reading this realize that when the AR folks (peta and H$U$, etc.) finally succeed in banning exotic animals, they’re coming for your dogs and it’s a lot closer than you think. Their motto is “one generation and out”, and that goes for food animals too. Enjoy your petless home while snacking on your veggies, ‘cuz it’s coming!

  7. I’m not understanding why he feels that passing this bill is necessary. If he’s worried about an incident happening in Louisiana like the outbreak in Florida, he needs to understand the climate difference bewtween these two states. As all snake lovers know, these types of exotic snakes wouldn’t be able to survive in the climate we have here. Florida is practically a rainforest year around. If an outbreak was to happen here they wouldn’t survive the winter. I really do hope that this bill does not pass all bc of one senators paranoia.

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