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Posted by W von Papinešu on December 12, 2002 at 20:48:22:
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KOAA-TV5 (Colorado Springs, Colorado) 12 December 02 House snakes get owner in trouble
Having a dog or cat as a pet in your home is one thing, a venemous and potentially deadly snake is something completely different. And, that's what landed a Colorado Springs woman in trouble with the Division of Wildlife. But, the snake owner says she's been treated unfairly.
Jennifer Ransom was not only living with snakes. She was living with some of the world's deadliest breeds. Ransom is a snake handler and for 13 years was living with serpents in her home. She says she was keeping them to breed. But Colorado law doesn't allow venemous snakes as pets. Ransom explains, "It was just kind of a hobby, wasn't breeding huge amounts, we'd maybe have one clutch of babies a year."
But the Division of Wildlife says there were other problems, too. "The facility was not properly licensed. There are very few facilities in the United States that are licensed to have this type of snake, exotic posionous snakes," according to Michael Seraphin.
The dangerous snakes have been loaned to organizations out of state for now. On Tuesday, Ransom pleaded guilty to one count of illegal possession of wildlife. She was given a $540 fine and ordered to do 500 hours of community service. She thinks that's unfair, "The day that I found out that they required a permit I told them I wanted to get it."
Ransom plans to get her snakes back. First, she has to meet the requirements for a commercial park license, which includes proper paperwork for the purchase of the snakes, health certificates for the animals, and an inspection of her facilities.
KDRO-13 (Colorado) Woman Who Kept Poisionous Snakes Ordered To Pay Fines And Community Service
A Colorado Springs woman is charged with keeping 25 poisonous snakes at her home, including eight mambas, which are among the deadliest snakes in the world.
Jennifer ransom was ordered to pay 540 dollars in fines and court costs and perform 500 hours of community service.
Colorado law allows only licensed facilities such as zoos to keep poisonous snakes. Ransom has sold some of the snakes and leased the rest to breeding programs. They have all left the state.