FWS To Finalize Python Ban: Public Comment Reopens Tomorrow!

The US Herpetoculture Alliance has just learned that the US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) will reopen public comment on the “Constrictor Rule” tomorrow. The FWS has announced that public comment will be reopened for 30 days. Further, FWS has decided to reopen the public comment period, but only for the five remaining species that were NOT listed in 2012. The Herp Alliance expects to see FWS publish this announcement in the Federal Register on June 24, 2014.

This action was announced by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) last month, but when reported on by Herp Alliance, was discounted by those with poor access to information in Washington DC as “fear mongering.” Our information is always the most accurate and timely available regarding the future of herpetoculture.

Although reopening public comment is 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 is likely hoping to add information to support their case to list the 5 remaining snakes.  It is imperative that the Reptile Nation respond with quality comments to counter their case. Time is of the essence. Hopefully the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK) has been coaching it’s members in making quality comment, apprising members of the scientific community of the impending comment period, and updating economic surveys and profiles since the economic survey done in 2011. This is an unparalleled opportunity to influence the final disposition of the Constrictor Rule. The Reptile Nation cannot afford a misstep now.

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9 thoughts on “FWS To Finalize Python Ban: Public Comment Reopens Tomorrow!”

  1. The banning of these reptiles across state lines was and still is such a knee jerk reaction. If they were warm and furry there would be less of an outcry. South Florida does gave some problems with invasive species but it’s NOT spreading!!! Infuriating burreaucrats!

  2. Stop the ban !!! My snakes are my world i have raised them all from babies and are all gentle giants. These are my pets and my loving beautiful pets that have never hurt anybody and in my hands never will PLEASE STOP THE BAN

  3. The python ban doesn’t serve as intended. An animal banned from state to state purchases or sales hurts the economy, small businesses, and consumers / breeders like myself. The ban interrupts revenue and affects our livelihoods. Shipping companies lose millions. A successful breeder ships millions in revenue with next day air shipping charges alone. The ban could also condemn thousands of animals to death or do exactly the opposite of what the ban was intended to do: reduce the number of pythons loose in the wild. Owners without a means to sell their babies are forced to either care for dozens and dozens of babies, euthanize them, or some owners may even choose to let them go. The ban is not the answer. Snakes are to us as dogs are to most people. Dogs cause 10 times more damage and death in a one year than snakes have in 50 years.

  4. Let the ban be in Florida where the issue is. If you have an issue in a localized place it should be their problem not the whole country..

    1. There is already a ban in Florida on Burms, African pythons, reticulated pythons and green anacondas that has been in place for a number of years…

  5. Banning these fascinating animals is just condemning everyone and every animal involved. The most dangerous predator to any ecosystem is and always will be feral cats. Reptiles are not dangerous animals when they are cared for properly.they are not responsible for any unreasonable amount of death or injuries to humans. However, doctors are. Do we ban them? No. Taking this step to finalize the ban will destroy what’s left of an extremely weak economy. Can we, as Americans, truly afford any more decline?

  6. Please stop the ban!! My pythons are my sweethearts and have brought me much happiness to our family and friends. We love our snakes and would be devastated to have them taken away. They have never caused any harm and I am responsible as an owner to make sure they stay that way. Banning pythons and boas is not the answer, education and responsibility is. I have seen so many cats and dogs that have harmed humans and nothing has been done to stop them. Please don’t let this snake ban happen!! Don’t punish the responsible owners. It would break my heart to lose my family members, because they are part of my life.

  7. This ban is a blatant infringement of our rights as Americans. Which isn’t saying much, we are constantly having our rights stripped from us. I don’t agree with the ban at all, however it will not truly effect the species. Whenever some dumb law is passed banning something it does 2 things; makes said illegal thing more desirable, and opens up a black market. It may slow the large constrictor trade, but it will never stop it. Instead of banning they should have tried licensing, that way the snakes in this country would be in proper homes. Anyways, I will ALWAYS have my burms and retics, no matter what Uncle Sam has to say.

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