Reptile Legislation

With anti-exotic animal legislation cropping up around us on a regular basis, we want you to be informed of what’s going on! It’s important to keep an eye on our legislators and be aware of when you may be facing legislation in your neck of the woods, potentially impacting your ability to legally keep and breed your animals. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide each state/city/county regulations, but we will provide links to USARK updates as frequently as possible. As it stands, below is the most recent update and a particularly important one regarding the lacey act and interstate transfer of certain constrictor snake species.

Constrictor Rule Finalized

USARK Responds to USFWS Announcement on Constrictor Snakes

March 6, 2015, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Center, FL – USARK President Phil Goss publicly spoke out against the FWS decision to add four species of snakes as injurious under the Lacey Act today. Goss was in attendance when the announcement was made by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe to finalize the Constrictor Rule at a press conference. Demonstrating a pattern of government overreach and complete disregard for widely recognized peer-reviewed science, USFWS will expand the Lacey Act’s injurious list to include the Reticulated python, as well as DeSchauensee’s, Beni and Green anacondas. Boa constrictors were not added. Read more here.

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