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.