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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Florida Python Ban

Florida is trying to ban "reptiles of concern." (News source.)

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Python Politics Continues

An interesting business-side look at the effects of the python ban from the WSJ.

The cold snap in FL has killed off a number of pythons, apparently.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Another Article on Python Ban

Venomous News

The Maryland woman who claimed she was bitten by a loose cobra has been charged by DNR with possession of two venomous snakes. (News source.)

Utah is considering allowing residents to keep rattlesnakes. (News source.)

Australian snakebites are on the rise (News source.); a hiker in Tasmania was bitten by an unidentified snake. (News source.)

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

NC Rattler Bite

A Gaston County, NC, man was bitten by a rattlesnake in a friend's collection. (News source.)

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MD Cobra Bite

A very strange case where a Maryland woman claims she picked up a "stick" in a parking lot that turned out to be a cobra. Philly Zoo sent antivenom. The woman is being questioned, as the story sounds a little fishy, and venomous species are illegal in the state. (News source, here, and here.)

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cane Toad Update

Cane toad fighters in Australia are upset now that the government is reconsidering the legality of using carbon dioxide to kill the invasive amphibians. They are concerned that it may be cruel, in which case the fighters would have to go back to whacking them with golf clubs. (News source.)

One Australian is looking at the toads as an opportunity to sell toad poison and meat to the Chinese. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Another Good Letter to Editor

On the proposed python/boa ban.

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Snake Poacher

Arizona G&F prosecuted a snake/turtle poacher in 2009. (News source.)

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Salmonella Lawsuit

A mother has filed a lawsuit against Serpent Safari for an alleged case of salmonella in her young son in 2007. (News source.)

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Frog Poisoning by Shamans

Two Chilean shamans are being sought by police after they used extracted poison from a dart frog in a traditional healing ceremony that went wrong. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reptile Zoo Fined

An Ontario serpentarium operator was charged with possession of four native species (some considered endangered in Ontario) and fined $8,000 (CAN). (News source.)

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Python Ban Opinion Letter

An excellent opinion released by Dr. William Kirby, here.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

More Python Ban Material

PIJAC and others are trying keep the Senate from banning all pythons, latest news here.

Professional herpetologists have weighed in to call the justification for such a ban unscientific.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Missouri Turtle Dealer Sentenced

A Missouri turtle farmer was sentenced for shipping native and endangered species without permit to Japan. (News source.)

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spider Smuggler?

A Welsh man was arrested for attempting to smuggle over 900 tarantulas and other spiders out of Brazil. He says he got them in Paraguay, and just passing through Brazil, but the Brazilians don't care -- no papers, no spiders. (News source.)

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

HR 2711

This bill is intended to ban pythons in the US (or at least Burmese, reticulated, and African rocks). You can read more here, and here (on the 11/6 hearing). Rep. Kendrick Meek doesn't have a direct email address, but you can email his chief of staff.

On a personal note, while I understand the need to protect the south Florida habitat, the nationwide ban is ridiculous and nothing more than fear-mongering. (Not to mention a star publicity vehicle -- apparently, Meek is planning a Senate run. Any wonder he's pushing the "snakes are evil" agenda to garner votes?) If someone truly wanted to help conserve the Everglades and still protect herpetoculture, here's what I'd suggest:

1) Remove Miami as a wildlife port. Only 10 or so ports are allowed to have commercial wildlife imports, Miami is one of them. This is why so many small herps have become invasive in southern Florida: a) there is great tropical habitat, and b) there are more opportunities to escape. You're not going to have that same problem in, for example, Baltimore.

2) Ban the larger pythons in the south Florida counties. No need for a statewide ban, just enough counties to make it unlikely for anyone to just dump their snake in the Glades.

3) Enlist actual field herpers to help collect pythons from the wild. The 37 or so that the professional trappers caught during the "official" hunt were rather meager. Hobbyists are far more likely to be successful.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Python News

A 16-foot Burmese python was found in the Everglades. It will be radiotagged and released back in the wild by researchers. (News source.)

Florida legislators are considering a ban on internet sales of pythons. (News source.)

Fluffy, the reticulated python displayed at the Columbus Zoo, is a contender for the Guinness World Records. (News source.)

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Northern Pine Controversy

Developers are trying to get NJ to take the northern pine snake off the threatened list. (News source.)

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Ohio Town Ruled by Fear

Wilmington, Ohio, is taking a turn towards fear-based legislation, to restrict such "dangerous" exotics as boids over 3 feet in length, monitors, and tegus. (News source.)

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