HR2158 Amendment 9.17.14

HR2158: “Expedited Departure of Certain Snake Species Act’’

This bill has been presented with an amendment that requires snakes to be shipped in two cloth bags and the shipment labelled as “Dangerous Reptiles.” View the revised bill at

Bill amendment:

(3) QUALIFIED SECURE CONTAINER.—The term ‘‘qualified secure container’’ means a container that—
(A) contains the covered snake in a closely woven, double-seam sewn, cloth sack that is in a second cloth sack of similar construction; and
(B) on which there is a prominent label that states ‘‘Dangerous Reptiles’’.

Background: Legislation has been introduced [5/23/13] to solve an interstate transport issue for exporting certain snake species. Under current ruling, if a shipment must stop anywhere in the U.S. after departure, it is considered interstate commerce even though the plane is merely stopping to refuel or add freight before leaving the country.

The proposed legislation will allow for export even when the shipment must pass through intermediate airports that are not designated ports. The ruling that listed several snake species as injurious under the Lacey Act has resulted in many headaches for anyone exporting these large constrictor snake species.

Snakes included in this bill: Burmese python, Indian python, Northern and Southern African pythons and Yellow anaconda.