PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL-- The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants to ban the importation of Burmese pythons, and eight other large constrictor snakes that threaten the Everglades.
“Today we are one step closer to saving the Everglades and protecting the native wildlife that call it home,” said South Florida Congressman Tom Rooney. “By moving forward with listing all nine dangerous snakes, we are preventing the next invader from being introduced and preventing the further introduction of Burmese pythons into the Everglades."
The nine snakes on the list are: The Burmese python, northern African python, southern African python, reticulated python, green anaconda, yellow anaconda, Beni or Bolivian anaconda, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, and boa constrictor.
“A big problem is a lot of these snakes end up abandoned in the wild where they become a threat to the environment, native animals and in some cases people,” said U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.
Today’s announcement moves us one step closer to a sensible position keeping Floridians safe and our environment secure,” said Congressman Kendrick Meek.
According to the government many of the snakes are popular pets. The Interior Department estimates that over the past 30 years, about a million of these nine species have been imported into the United States.
The public will get to comment before a final decision is made by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.
In addition to banning the importation of the snakes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to end the interstate transportation of the animals.
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