Constrictors, Injurious Wildlife Listings, and the Reptile Industry
IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians Journal
March 2012

In 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a rule to list nine snake species—Reticulated Python, Green Anaconda, DeSchauensee's Anaconda, Beni Anaconda, Burmese Python, Northern African Python, Southern African Python, Boa Constrictor, and Yellow Anaconda—as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. This act prohibits import and interstate transport of ecologically harmful species. Industry representatives protested the proposed rule, claiming that it would negatively impact the reptile industry and will likely fail to curb feral snake populations.

This articles addresses the economic impact of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to list nine constrictor snake species as injurious wildlife, as well as an intermediate proposal listing four.