A punch in the gut to Reptile Owners ):
Well, Florida has now banned the "possessing, importing, selling, trading, or breeding certain specified reptile species" of nine species of reptiles, including multiple pythons, the green anaconda, and the nile monitors.
There's more, but that's all I could find. Here's what I saw...
"Burmese or Indian python (Python molurus).
Reticulated python (Python reticulatus).
Northern African python (Python sebae).
Southern African python (Python natalensis).
Amethystine or scrub python (Morelia amethystinus).
Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus).
Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus)"
This is an incredible hit to the reptile industry, and frankly is quite terrifying. How long until this particular law spreads to the rest of the country? Then becomes more than just those nine, and ALL pythons are banned? All boas? All snakes period? All reptiles? This isn't even strictly a snake ban, since the nile monitors are included. They use the idea that the pythons are supposedly having a huge impact on the environment, but the truth is is that cats cause more damage to the environment, dogs hurt more people, and the snake population in Florida took a HUGE hit with this winter's unnatural brutality down there. This is most likely a power law, to see how far they can push. Either this law fails, or it explodes. Since I'm looking into getting a python soon, how will this effect me? My corns? Your leopard geckos? Bearded dragons?
It isn't right. ):
Congrats, Bill SB 318. You're a law.