Posts Tagged ‘Venomous Snakes’

Cats trap endangered snake, local man warns neighbors

June 12, 2008

Charlie Stephens said his three cats surprised an eastern massasauga rattlesnake at his Port Huron residence on Monday.

“I happened to step out to get the mail and I noticed three of my cats were sitting in a triangle looking at the ground,” he said. “I thought at first they were watching some bird that they had found.

“I walked over to them and they were looking at this snake that was crawling through my front yard in the grass.”

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Burton, Michigan eyes ban on exotic animals

April 27, 2008

Alligators, venomous snakes and poisonous spiders aren’t welcome in the city, according to The Burton News’ Web site, http://www.mlive.com/burton.

That’s the word from the city’s legislative committee, which held a special session Wednesday after receiving reports of an alligator in a DeCamp Street house. Committee members recommended adopting a proposed ordinance to ban keeping exotic or dangerous household pets.

If approved, the measure would require the city to give the owner of a banned animal 10 days to remove it from the home. The owner also could be required to show proof of where the animal was taken.

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County Board to Consider Narrow Prohibition on Snakes as Pets in Arlington, VA

April 24, 2008

County Board members on April 22 started a process that could see poisonous snakes outlawed as pets across Arlington by summer.

But, at the same time, board members backed away from a broader ban on owning exotic or potentially dangerous pets, saying more study was needed.

Board members voted 5-0 set a May public hearing on changes to the county code to outlaw venomous pets as snakes.

“In our urban environment, venomous snakes, venomous reptiles are not appropriate,” County Board Ron Carlee told board members.

If the ban is enacted in May – as appears likely – owners of such pets would have at least 30 days, perhaps more, to find new homes for them.

The prohibition also would apply to poisonous reptiles other than snakes, such as gila monsters, but county officials say there is no evidence any such reptiles are being kept as pets in the county.

Under the legal language to be considered next month, possession of a poisonous snake or reptile would be considered a misdemeanor offense, but individuals could be charged with separate counts every day an animal is kept in violation of the adopted ordinance.

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