Posts Tagged ‘USARK’

Scientists Join Opposition to Python Study

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

A group of prominent herpetologists has joined USARK in criticising the validity of a US government study on “giant” snakes (9 python species, anacondas and boa constrictors), and the threat the snakes pose to the U.S.  Here is the letter

The government study, done by USGS, is part of the Lacey Act process to determine whether a species is “injurious” as a preliminary step to regulating/banning/exterminating it.  The study comes on the heels of anti-python legislation currently under consideration in both the House and Senate (HR 2811/S.373). 

My 2 cents: Regardless of the “injuriousness” of giant snakes under the Lacey Act, trade and keeping of the (more…)

If You Sell It, They Will Come

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

This week the US Geological Survey issued its much-anticipated report Giant Constrictors assessing the impact of 9 “giant” snake species on the country’s “ecology, economy, and domestic tranquility.”

It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize a 200 pound reticulated python (or anaconda, burmese python, afrock, etc.) can seriously f#$% up the average voting citizen’s domestic tranquility.  It likewise doesn’t take 323 pages to know South Florida is perfect habitat for jungle reptiles.  (more…)

A Little Weekend Snakehunting

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

A writer’s work can be pretty dreary stuff, especially if what he likes to do is spend time in the field.  Sitting at a desk in the middle of summer is the worst.   But I’ve got a good story in the works so it’s got to be done.  This morning I did a little urban herpin’, which is to say I went through the news.  It has been a big week for snakes–a green mamba in Hollywood, Florida bit a cable worker (Mark Lucas of Strictly Reptiles comments), the BBC covered python hunting in the Everglades, and in mouse-sized space the St. Louis Post-Dispatch managed to grossly mis-report the goals of the reptile lobby, which supports a ban on Burmese and African rock pythons, and opposes a ban that would eliminate the keeping of appropriately-sized snakes.  And I missed this ditty about a border patrol officer smuggling leopard tortoises into the US from Tanzania.  Any guess on who his supplier was?

Finally, I always like to see how many pages it takes to get to a dead reptile in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. This week it’s one.  On the inside cover Hermes has its “So-Kelly” bag in matte alligator.  That’s so-kelly.