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Posted by MIKE on February 05, 2002 at 23:18:24:
In Reply to: pets in the part, part 2 posted by amanda on February 04, 2002 at 21:59:06:
The city ordinance is vague as far as prohibited snakes, it lists "constrictor snakes" and "venomous snakes." Prohibited lizards are listed as "venomous lizards", I don't think your bearded would be confused with a Gila or Beaded. The last time this ordinance came up for review the ETRHS contacted the city attorney's office and the city council voluntering to help with the re-writing of this ordinance. The ETRHS Board of Directors suggested the addition of using genus and species names to list the prohibited animals, our offer fell on deaf ears and as far as I know no response was ever received from the City of Tyler.
I have worked with the City of Tyler Animal Control as a contact for reptiles. They do not actively enforce the reptile ordinance, they usually act only if a reptile is found in a public place or if a complaint is filed for abuse neglect, large animals or abandonment. Since the Peets in the Park is taking place on city property it would probably be wise to check with the Health Department/Animal Control to be positive that no problems would occur. They have always been very helpful when I have had any questions in the past.
The ETRHS and several members acting on their own have taken part in a number of displays and hands-on presentations within the city limits without any problems from the city. The key would be to contact whoever is organizing and/or promoting this event to see if there would be any problems bringing herps.
I don't see Tyler as being strict, the city does not attempt to run out all reptile owners. They don't seem to care as long as a person does not cause problems by attracting too much bad attention to themselves.
: Well, if Tyler is really strict about herps, I could always bring my birds, you know! oh and maybe a hedgehog if we won't be there too long. heehee. well, I am going to try and set up a table with our clinic, but I will visit y'all, promise...