Salazar Announces Ban on Importation
and Interstate Transportation of Four Giant
Snakesthat Threaten Everglades
Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule that would ban the importation
and interstate transportation of four nonnative constrictor snakes that
threaten the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems across the United
States, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today.
rule – which incorporates public comments, economic analysis, and environmental
assessment – lists the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda, and the northern
and southern African pythons as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act in order
to restrict their spread in the wild in the United States. It is expected to
publish in the Federal Register in the coming days.