Owners criticize constrictor restrictions

It’s not often anyone tells Tinky — a 16-foot-long, 150-pound Burmese python who lives near Pikeville — where she can slither.

But restrictions proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would put strict rules around where Tinky could and couldn’t go.

“I haven’t done anything wrong, so why should I be punished?” said Travis Parker, of Dayton Mountain, as his beloved Tinky slithers over him and the couch he is sitting on.

The proposed rules, which could come as federal law voted on by Congress or as an edict handed down from the Fish and Wildlife Service, would ban importation of nine large snake species into the United States and also prohibit snake owners from taking the reptiles across state lines.

The regulations are aimed at cutting down the populations of snakes such as boa constrictors and Burmese pythons, which recently have been found to thrive and multiply across South Florida. Researchers studying whether any of the species are capable of surviving winters in Georgia, South Carolina and other states are finding mixed results.

While the law may sound fine to those who aren’t fans of the slithering reptiles, it would keep Rossville resident Chris Lewis from taking his pets to the veterinarian. None of his six snakes, including Zoey, a seven-foot dwarf Burmese python, and Chloee, a female albino Burmese python approaching eight feet, would be allowed to cross the state line to go to his veterinarian on the Tennessee side of Lookout Mountain.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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