The Division of Wildlife Resources is considering lifting a rule that will allow people to have rattlesnakes as pets. Authorities say many people in Utah already are keeping the snakes illegally and the state feels they should increase safety by requiring first aid kits, sturdy cages and secure rooms.
Jim Dix of Reptile Service doesn’t agree with the DWR’s plan that will allow people to own up to 18 rattlesnakes, which would include the rights to breed them, using as many as 25 eggs.
“Every city pretty much has a wild and dangerous animal law so you would have to have approval by the city that you live in and the city can override the state even if you have a state license,” says Dix.
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