Blanket Snake Ban -- Change City Ordinance §91.075 Section A, Subsection 1.
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Lufkin City Ordinance §91.075 Section A, Subsection 1. "Order Phidla, Family Boldae (racers, boas, water snakes and pythons)"
This is a blanket ban on the greater majority of snakes. Ball Pythons, Kenyan Sand Boas, Rosy Boas, King Snakes, and even Hognose snakes. None of which are dangerous to public, venomous, or even get very large. On average, most won't grow past 6' long. They aren't a danger to children, or even common household pets.
The only snake, as far as I am aware, that is allowed is Corn Snakes.
The manner in which the City Ordinance is written is incorrect in several ways. "Order Phidla" does not exist, nor does the "Family Boldae". I believe they mean "boidae" which includes large snakes such as Anacondas, African rock pythons, Burmese pythons and the like.
I am hoping to gain 500 signatures to bring before City Council on July 2nd, 2013 in the hopes of changing an ordinance that is more than 20 years old. This ordinance was last updated on August 20th, 1991.
I would like to see this changed to reflect TPWD Parks and Wildlife (PWC) Code, Chapter 43, Subchapter V. Where snakes are allowed, however, All non-indigenous (species not native to Texas) venomous snakes and the following constrictors: African rock python (Python sebae), Asiatic rock python (Python molurus), green anaconda (Eunectes murinus), reticulated python (python reticulates), and southern African python (Python natalensis) require a permit.
I myself have 4 ball pythons who I am having to house elsewhere while I am working on changing this law. I know dozens, perhaps even hundreds of people within the City of Lufkin who own, have owned and want to own various reptiles, and other exotics.
If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please, feel free to contact me at CrysDalzell@Gmail.com or Facebook.com/Ninjakittyz
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