Large Constrictor Snakes
Burmese python caught at Everglades National Park. Photo credit USGS.
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June 23, 2014
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is re-opening for 30 days the comment period on a proposed rule to list nine species of large constrictor snakes as injurious under the Lacey Act. Because four of the nine snakes were listed as injurious in 2012, this re-opening notice is restricted to the five remaining snakes: the reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, green anaconda, Beni anaconda and boa constrictor.
Re-opening the comment period will provide the opportunity for the public to provide new information that may have become available since the original public comment on the proposed rule closed approximately four years ago. This comment period will help ensure that any final decision on the five remaining snakes is based on the most current information.
Under the injurious wildlife provisions of the Lacey Act, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to regulate the importation and interstate transport of species determined to be injurious to human beings, the interests of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, or to wildlife or the wildlife resources of the United States.
The Federal Register publication of this notice is available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-14712.pdf The public may provide comments by going to www.regulations.gov and locating docket number FWS–R9–FHC–2008–0015. The Service will post all comments on www.regulations.gov. This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes. Other methods of providing public comments are available in the Federal Register publication.
The Service will consider comments that are postmarked on or before midnight of July 24, 2014. Anyone who submitted comments during either of the previous comment periods in 2012 need not resubmit them because the Service has already incorporated those comments in the public record and will consider them in its final decision on these remaining five species.
Listing the Large Constrictor Snakes as Injurious Wildlife
June 24, 2014 – Reopening of Public Comment Period for Proposed Rule
January 23, 2012 – Final Rule Listing
July 1, 2010 – Reopening of Public Comment Period for Proposed Rule
March 12, 2010 – Public Comment Period for Proposed Rule
January 31, 2008 – Public Comment Period for Notice of Inquiry
Multi-Stakeholder Python Action Workshop - December 10, 2008
A series of three multi-stakeholder workshops have been held to discuss the large constrictor snake threat, develop action items, and share research information/results. Goals for invasive snake management include prevention, eradication, containment, and reduction of snake populations.
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