State not sure what next for 22 confiscated snakes

From the Associated Press:

OAKDALE, La. (AP) - A state biologist says officials aren't sure what to do with 22 big pythons taken from a snake farm near Oakdale.

Jeff Boundy says it's the first time the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has confiscated snakes under a law requiring permits for snakes that are at least 12 feet long. He says lawyers are checking whether they are now legally state property.

The permits are free.

Joe Lewis, president of the Louisiana Association of Reptile Keepers, says nobody in Louisiana can handle long term care of so many big snakes. He says another member is keeping them temporarily, but they're waiting on a state decision.

Lewis' group helped take the snakes from the property of 44-year-old David Beauchemin and his wife, 23-year-old Tawni Beauchemin. Lewis says the snakes were healthy.

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