Where: Louisiana State
What: Louisiana SB 357 seeks to ban constrictor and venomous snakes. The constrictor snakes listed below currently require a permit from LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (DW&F) once they reach 8' and can be kept by private keepers. This bill amends the current law and bans all species listed below, regardless of size. The bill also contains the vague language, "including but not limited to the following species." This previously placed regulations on any snake that surpassed 8' in length, but could now mean any constricting species of snake, even if the species is not listed in the law.
The venomous species below would also be illegal to keep and permits would not be available to private keepers. Only accredited institutions would be exempt (animal sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife research centers, scientific organizations, and medical research facilities as defined by the U.S. Animal Welfare Act).
This is far overreaching, unconstitutional legislation that turns pet owners into criminals overnight. It would also lead to the immediate euthanization of all Burmese pythons, Southern African pythons, African Rock pythons and Yellow anacondas kept as pets as they are federally listed as injurious under the Lacey Act and cannot be legally transported out of state.
Banned Non-venomous snakes: Carpet and Diamond pythons, Papuan python, Olive python, Scrub python, Amethystine python, Southern African python, African Rock python, Indian and Burmese pythons, Reticulated python, Boa constrictors (all subspecies), and any species of Anaconda
Banned Venomous snakes: Families Viperidae (Pitvipers and Vipers), Elapidae (Cobras and Mambas), Hydrophiidae (Sea Snakes), Atractaspididae (Mole Vipers), as well as the genera Dispholidus, Thelotornis, and Rhabdophis of the Family Colubridae
View the bill text at www.legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=879735.
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