This photograph of a Burmese python comes from the Web site of Everglades National Park in Florida.

Nine Snake Species Proposed as Injurious Wildlife

If the listing is finalized, Burmese pythons, boa constrictors, and the other species could not be imported except by permit for scientific, medical, educational, or zoological purposes, nor could they be moved in interstate transportation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed last Friday to add nine constrictor snake species, including Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons, boa constrictors, and yellow and green anacondas, to the list of injurious reptiles, which would prohibit the importation of any live animal, gamete, viable egg, or hybrid into the United States except by permit for scientific, medical, educational, or zoological purposes, and also would prohibit their interstate transportation. While FWS will accept comments on the proposal until May 11, it already received 1,528 comments during a 2008 public comment period held after the South Florida Water Management District in 2006 requested that Burmese pythons be considered for the list.

Some of these are giant snakes growing to more than 20 feet in length, and some of the species, including Burmese pythons, are already established in South Florida. FWS wants to stop them from becoming established in new areas where the climate suits them, such as far south Texas. Five of the species have been reported in the wild in Puerto Rico.

The number of Burmese pythons caught and removed from Everglades National Park in Florida and nearby areas has grown steadily since 2000, with 1,334 of these snakes removed during 2000-2009, according to the park's online annual tally. Park officials say the number being caught probably represent only a fraction of the total population of Burmese pythons in the area.

These nine species mainly enter the United States through the commercial trade in pets and mainly arrive through Miami, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Chicago, and San Francisco before being transported to animal dealers, who then deliver the snakes to pet retailers, according to FWS. But the species now established in the wild, threatening native species, got there initially by being intentionally released by their owners or escaping, in some cases, the agency says.

To comment on the proposed listing, visit and follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - April 2019

    April 2019


      Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment 
      Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
      PPE the Automotive Industry Needs to Invest In
      Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight
    View This Issue