Python Ban: A Reptile Roundtable

In this inaugural episode of what will be many of the Reptile Round Table I sit down with a broad participatory audience of keepers, herpers, and breeders to ascertain what steps to take next to prevent further action against our community. Please welcome Chris Law of Crocodopilis, Melissa Coakley of, Marcia McGuiness of Golden Gate Geckos, and Jason White of Daily Reptile News. All of these folks literally came together at a few hours notice and helped me put this round table together so please show them some love and click on their respective sites as these are the true warriors and voices fighting for our community through education and much more!

14 thoughts on “Python Ban: A Reptile Roundtable

  1. Well I am just get back into reptiles. At one time I had 10 snakes and gave them to a breeder I knew cause it was getting to be to much for me to handle at that time. As for the Python Ban I think it really sucks. Out the 10 snakes I owned. I had a 7 1/2 foot Bermese Python, A 10foot Red Tail Boa and a 6 foot Red Tail Boa. When taken care of in the right way. These animals can be amazing pets. So I can’t really understand why these idiots want to ban these snakes. Yes there are these dumb few who have let there animals into the wild. Also the storms that may have done it. But do these people really know what the deal is. That there are a lot of good people that take care of their pet snakes and do whats need to take care of them. Well I know I am going to be a very responsable and Vocal Reptile owner. People need to get out and voice their opinion about this ban. So we as responsable pet owners can get the snakes we want!

    1. Vincent, as long as we are responsibly vocal with our responses and they are directed at the right parties. This is just the beginning of a very long very vocal fight. Please stay tuned for updates.

      1. Thanks for replying back John. Trust me I will. I be makeing frequent stops to this site. Also I will be attending the East Coast Reptile Super Expo in March. At the Greater Reading Expo Center in Reading,PA. So I will be looking to see if there is more info about this there and to see there are any ways I can help. Also John, is there any sites that you know that I should check out about this!

  2. I’m working on numerous comments to put on my Facebook page. I’m a friend of Marcia’s, and I’ll try to find you there. You probably don’t want me to try to put all of what I want to say in this comment box. I tend to run on about things.

    1. Bill, please do leave any and all comments here as this where people would be more likely to find the comments on this particular issue.

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  4. i dont understand why this ban is not just for the state of florida,last i checked the state of delaware is not part of the florida everglades.If i want to add a yellow anaconda to my collection were do i find one?,o thats right we (the U.S. of A.)have that thing called the black market were you can buy anything you want banned or not once that happens there is no way to trace these animals or who has them or what people are doing with them i understand at this point that in most states it is still leagle to own them my point is i could put a large toat in my car drive to another state pick up any of the banned snakes and drive home not that i would do that ofcourse this is a simple ban by simple minded people.

    1. Lawrence, here’s the thing. When you make such statements like you did above even to make a point it can be used by our detractors against us. Like the thing about the tote in the trunk, I get it I know you’re angry and using that as an example. Please understand that my team and I who broadcast here are fit to be tied to use a lame colloquialism. At the same time, we have to be mindful of our comments and open up our doors to our detractors and show them how wrong they are about what we are doing. I look forward to continued presence in the reptile community and please comment further if you like. But let’s educate people instead of giving them ammunition to shoot us down.

  5. sorry about coming off like that john,just a little irratated,i have owned large constrictors on and off for 25 years and never been struck-bitten-or HAD any eascapes.A few ideas i have is maybe people who want to own a large constrictor should take a class on responsable ownership and get a permit of some sort,micro-chipping,i know there is reptile rescues out there but not as previlent as dog or cat shelters,it is hard to get people to donate to such shelters,maybe the reptile nation and our goverment be it state or federal level can come to a solution so these animals will not be banned from the trade.

    1. Lawrence, we hear you loud and clear my friend. Know that we ourselves here in the Reptile Apartment Group are doing our best to support those who are fighting for our community and will continue to do so. We are also doing our best to educate the public at large which we feel is 90% of the problem. People see the media hype and well, they believe it. They don’t see past the hype or spin that puts the sensational in sensational media as it were. So it is up to us and you as a responsible owner to educate the public about what we do and that while yes there are Pythons in the Everglades they are not out there eating everything is sight. By educating the public in a reasonable fashion without scare tactics we will stop the legislation through rational thought. Thanks for your input we really do appreciate it and hope to hear from you again soon.

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