Ted Williams's Blog Archive January, 2012

Listing of Four Non-native Snake Species as Injurious Under the Lacey Act

Questions and Answers

January 2012

Question 1: Why is the Service moving to list these four species of snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act?

Answer: This designation under the Lacey Act is necessary to prevent the importation and interstate movement of four species of non-native constrictor snakes identified by the U.S. Geological Survey in the 2009 report, Giant Constrictors: Biological and Management Profiles and an Establishment Risk Assessment for Large Species of Pythons, Anacondas, and the Boa Constrictor. This action will help prevent human contribution to the spread of these snakes into wild populations beyond those already established. This action is being implemented in response to significant ecological impacts observed as a result of a self-sustaining, wild population of Burmese pythons in Florida. It will protect endemic wildlife species, including threatened and endangered species.