Earlier this year, the US Fish and Wildlife service opened an inquiry
into the possibility of adding all snakes of the genera Boa
to the Injurious Species List
This move would effectively ban the import, export and inter-state trade of all species within these genera. The move follows increased sightings of Burmese Pythons
in the Florida Everglades. These snakes are large, powerful constrictors that are capable of killing an adult human
. Burmese pythons do have very specific care requirements
but they are able to survive year-round in the warm, moist Everglades environment.
The National Park Service has been keeping a close eye
on their invasion, and the Pythons are already enjoying the occasional endangered Woodrat
The pet reptile industry is already up in arms
about the ban, pointing out that several smaller, less dangerous species such as the extremely popular Ball Python
would also be restricted under such a wide ban. Of course, some snake owners are not exactly helping their cause
. Other reptile breeders also argue that the Everglades are a unique environment, and that the snakes could not invade any other areas of the continental US. However, the United States Geological Survey disagrees
, and suspects that global climate change will only make matters worse.