Should exotic snakes be banned? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Should exotic snakes be banned?

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On Wednesday the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that he will make a proposal that will prohibit the importation and interstate transportation of exotic snakes.

This proposal comes after snakes have become a threat to the ecosystem in the Everglades.

FWS has even compiled a list of exotic snakes that fit the injurious species description.

These snakes include the Burmese python, northern African python, southern African python, reticulated python, green anaconda, yellow anaconda, Beni or Bolivian anaconda, DeSchauensee's anaconda, and the boa constrictor.

Diana Morales with Calcasieu Animal Services says they've responded to a few calls for stray snakes in the lake area. 

"We've had snakes up to 15 feet long that we've had to pick up," says Morales. "We had to get three or four men to carry it."

Morales feels banning the snakes could do good for the ecosystem.

"Some of the snakes they have listed in there are huge," says Morales. "Without people knowing what they're doing handling them, they could be dangerous."

Jeff O'Quain is an experienced pet owner in the lake area that feels the snakes should not be completely banned.

"I don't see a problem with importing the young snakes that are not as aggressive," says O'Quain. "I think they should take a second look at it and not just say we're banning the import and the interstate trafficking of snakes."

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services will be conducting a review to address the invasive species on a broader scale.

For more information on the proposal click on go to our homepage and click on "Federal Snake Ban" to the right.

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