Invasive Snake Species Banned in Florida

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A giant Burmese python being held by Dan Ashe (USFWS Director), Ken Salazar (Secretary of the Department of the Interior), Senator Bill Nelson, and others, in Florida, January 2012. (National Park Service)

Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, discusses the recent ban on the importation and interstate transportation of four nonnative constrictor snakes in the state of Florida. The invasive species are a threat to the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems.


Dan Ashe

Comments [5]

William from Manhattan

The "fiery newt" isn't a snake. It looks more like a lizard. Invasive species somewhere around Tampa. There was TV show about it last night. Really strange looking.

Jan. 24 2012 12:59 PM
Wayne Johnson from Brooklyn

The State of Florida is hiring hunters to hunt down and kill these snakes. Once again the animal is paying the price for human stupidity.

Jan. 24 2012 12:47 PM
The Truth from iBecky

A snake named "fiery newt"...nice lol

Jan. 24 2012 12:46 PM
William from Manhattan

What about the "fiery Newt" I keep reading about? It is in Florida, yes? That one sounds especially troublesome.

Jan. 24 2012 12:44 PM
Pedro Angel Serrano from Highland Park, NJ

I live with a Ball Python named Huey. He lives in my bathroom and has taught me more about Ball Python's then any documentary. I unfortunately find myself supporting the ban. It takes only a few of my fellow furless chimps to ruin it for everyone. As for the snakes gone wild, I hear Python is tasty. Is think free range serpents would be valued commodity. A true locavore would appreciate it.

Jan. 24 2012 12:34 PM

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