Boas, retics and green anacondas could be listed as Injurious under the Lacey Act.

FWS to Re-open Public Comment on Boas and Pythons!

Boas, retics and green anacondas could be listed as Injurious under the Lacey Act.
Boas, retics and green anacondas could be listed as Injurious under the Lacey Act.

The US Herpetoculture Alliance has just learned that US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has given notice to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) that public comment on the Constrictor Rule will be re-opened. Although positive news, the Herp Alliance believes this action to be a clear signal that FWS is prepared to finalize the Constrictor Rule that was finalized in part on January 23, 2012 (77 FR 3330)– adding 4 species of constricting snakes to the In jurious Wildlife List of the Lacey Act. Any species listed on the Injurious List cannot be imported into the country nor transported across state lines without a special permit from FWS.

In January 2012 FWS published a rule in the Federal Register that added the Burmese python, northern African python, southern African python and yellow anaconda to the Injurious Wildlife List of the Lacey Act. The Constrictor Rule accounted for 4 of the 9 snakes originally proposed for listing. The remaining 5 snakes, Boa constrictor, reticulated python,  green anaconda, DeShauensee’s anaconda and Beni anaconda were not listed at that time, but remained “under consideration.”

FWS has now given formal notice to OIRA that is is prepared to move forward to finalize the rule adding Boas, Retics and 3 anacondas to the Injurious List. Although FWS has announced to OIRA that they will re-open public comment on the Constrictor Rule, they have not indicated when it will re-open, or for how long. Details will be published in the Federal Register. Herp Alliance expects it to be very soon.

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4 thoughts on “FWS to Re-open Public Comment on Boas and Pythons!”

  1. They need to leave the herp hobby alone. They need to realize that some spider and scorpions do more damage than some of these snakes do. Dogs and even some cats do more damage than these snakes do….seriously leave us all alone. You want to shut down the import of them….thats fine….but seriously this is crap…..

  2. Here we go again with ridiculous laws made because people fear what they don’t understand ! Seriously Snakes are beautiful , docile, & amazing creatures. So sad people make them out to be vicious & evil , all because they can’t stand their way of life. It’s just part of the circle of life folks! Get over it ! If the US is ever overrun by vermin I’m sure people would change their tune . We owners love our snakes , they need to understand we are NOT all out to release them into the wild .

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