The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is issuing a stern reminder to the public regarding the illegal importation and ownership of certain snake species within the state. This initiative aims to protect Louisiana's native wildlife and habitats from the dangers posed by unpermitted, venomous, or non-indigenous constricting snakes.

The LDWF, which manages Louisiana's renewable natural resources, has expressed concerns about the potential ecological impact these invasive species can have. LDWF Secretary Madison Sheahan emphasized the agency's commitment to preventing the introduction of invasive species into local habitats. “We recognize the impacts these animals can have on native wildlife resources and will continue our efforts to conserve, manage, and protect the state’s native wildlife,” Sheahan stated.

Under Louisiana law, specifically La. R.S. 56:6(30) and La. R.S. 56:632.5.1, it is illegal to import or privately possess constricting snakes exceeding eight feet in length or any venomous snakes without a proper permit issued by the LDWF. The only exceptions are for animal sanctuaries, zoos, aquariums, wildlife research centers, scientific organizations, and medical research facilities.

The LDWF's proactive stance is rooted in its constitutional mandate to oversee and protect the state’s wildlife and aquatic life. Introducing invasive snake species poses a significant threat to Louisiana's natural ecosystems, potentially disrupting the balance and endangering native species.

Residents are urged to adhere to these regulations and report any suspected illegal activity involving these snakes to the LDWF.

Residents can visit the LDWF website or contact their local LDWF office for more information on permitted species and regulations.

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