St. Maarten Ministry won’t grant python import requests

POSTED: 04/4/12 11:56 AM

St. Maarten – The Inspection Department for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV) within the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications announced Tuesday that they will decline any request to allow the import and sale of Python snakes. The policy is being introduced because pythons have proven to be an invasive species in territories that are not their natural habitat, and St. Maarten does not possess the necessary resources to deal with these animals should they become a problem.

Pythons are bulky, relatively slow-moving, non-venomous snakes belonging to the group of snakes known as the boids (pronounced ‘bo-ids’). These snakes are constrictors, meaning they kill prey, mainly birds and mammals, by coiling around it and squeezing until it suffocates. Pythons are mostly nocturnal, travelling along the ground and through trees. They also frequently bask in the sun during the day. These snakes range in size from about one meter to giant specimens up to eight meter and feature a variety of colours and patterns.
People who need more information can contact the department at 542-2986 or 543-7820.

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