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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

US Bans Importation and Interstate Transportation of Four Giant Snakes

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has banned the importation of four nonnative snakes, the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda, and the northern and southern African pythons. The snakes, all constrictors, have already harmed wildlife and rearranged the balance in Florida's Everglades.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would like to also add the reticulated python, boa constrictor, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, green anaconda and Beni anaconda to the list.

All these large constrictor snakes have the potential to become established in the southern U.S. where they can threaten native species, some of which are already endangered or threatened.

For more information check out: http://www.fws.gov/invasives/news.html

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