Home | General Reptile & Amphibian Articles | SB 373 Update – 9 Species, not all Pythons, may be Banned from Pet Trade

SB 373 Update – 9 Species, not all Pythons, may be Banned from Pet Trade

I’ve just received some reasonably good news concerning Senate Bill 373, which as originally proposed would have banned the ownership of all pythons (even ball pythons) and many other constrictors.  Due to the overwhelming response by snake enthusiasts and the pet industry, the bill has been modified to include only Green and Yellow Anacondas, Burmese, Reticulated and African Pythons and Boa constrictor.  I and the staff at ThatPetPlace would like to thank everyone who read our recent article on Senate Bill 373 and took action.  It’s gratifying to have had such interest from my readers, and to see that concerned, responsible people can make a difference.

More Help Needed

There is still some work left to do, so I again must ask for your assistance.  Perhaps there is room for improvement – setting up a licensing system for responsible herptoculturists, for example, so that they can continue to work with Boa constrictors. 

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PJAC) has set up a very simple and quick means for you to contact legislators and register your opinion here.  An informative video with detailed information is posted here.

You can also learn more and take action through The National Python and Boa Ban Information Center and The United States Association of Reptile Keepers.




  1. avatar

    This seems me to be the begining of the end. Once they succeed at banning these snakes. They will start on the rest. A better way would to have permits sold with these snakes. This way snakes could be tracked. Also cage size and construction could have minimum size and strengh requirements to prevent escapees.
    Snake handling safty/husbandry programs coulds also be instituted for owenership of these snakes.
    Serious snake owners need to be protected from the uneducated public who make us look bad and from people that still show snake biblical bias. We need not give up our rights as snake owners.

    • avatar

      Hello Bill, Frank Indiviglio here.

      Thanks for your interest in our blog.

      It’s a tough issue, with good and bad arguments and research on both sides. However, the fact that 2 all-encompassing bans have been defeated does indicate that grass roots political action can influence our legislator’s actions.

      There are indeed options…Florida recently required implanting tracking devices in some species, so that escapees can be located. One problem that I’ve seen in the past re invertebrates and potentially injurious mammals, especially in economic downturns, is that legislators worry about the willingness and abilities of the states to enforce the regulations – an outright ban is cheaper and more certain, at least that is the logic behind some past actions.

      I’ll post updates as the situation progresses,

      Best regards, Frank Indiviglio.

  2. avatar

    i dont think boas should be on the list as most of the snakes u hear about killing people is pythons not boas ive had 2 boas for 5 years and never had any trouble from them i also have 2 dogs and 2 cats and a green iguana

    • avatar

      Hello Billy, Frank Indiviglio here.

      Thanks for your interest in our blog.

      It’s a tough question, and a great deal depends upon the owner’s experience; I know of 1 instance in which a 5 foot long bullsnake rendered its owner unconscious (it was being carried draped around the owner’s neck). This was highly unusual, but the potential for serious accidents does exist where large constrictors are concerned. Given the potentially large size of the Boa constrictors, it does look likely that they will be included in the ban, but smaller species within the Genus will be exempt. How this will affect animals currently in captivity is not yet known.

      Good luck, enjoy and please keep me posted.

      Best regards, Frank Indiviglio.

About Frank Indiviglio

Read other posts by

Being born with a deep interest in animals might seem unfortunate for a native Bronxite , but my family encouraged my interest and the menagerie that sprung from it. Jobs with pet stores and importers had me caring for a fantastic assortment of reptiles and amphibians. After a detour as a lawyer, I was hired as a Bronx Zoo animal keeper and was soon caring for gharials, goliath frogs, king cobras and everything in-between. Research has taken me in pursuit of anacondas, Orinoco crocodiles and other animals in locales ranging from Venezuela’s llanos to Tortuguero’s beaches. Now, after 20+ years with the Bronx Zoo, I am a consultant for several zoos and museums. I have spent time in Japan, and often exchange ideas with zoologists there. I have written books on salamanders, geckos and other “herps”, discussed reptile-keeping on television and presented papers at conferences. A Master’s Degree in biology has led to teaching opportunities. My work puts me in contact with thousands of hobbyists keeping an array of pets. Without fail, I have learned much from them and hope, dear readers, that you will be generous in sharing your thoughts on this blog and web site. For a complete biography of my experience click here.
Scroll To Top