Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Time Machine Not Included

The Nature Conservancy has this press release about efforts in Florida to modify legislation as a way of regulating introduced reptiles. While the original law governs only venemous snakes, the revised, version would make it illegal to buy, sell or move certain large reptiles without a permit. According to this article from the Sun-Herald, creatures to be targeted include pythons (Burmese, African rock, reticulated and amethystine) and monitor lizards (Varanus niloticus). It's not clear how much of an effect regulating new introductions of established species would have on the level of invasion, though it would certainly raise awareness about the issue...and the permits will cost $100 each!

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