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Posted by Taceas on May 02, 2003 at 08:31:17:
In Reply to: Corn Snakes are not legal in Georgia? posted by IndyShark on May 01, 2003 at 20:10:34:
I understand their reasoning behind such a law. That any person could pick up a wild corn snake, and keep it. But I don't believe that there is any evidence to support that corn snakes are endangered in Georgia. And I don't think EVERYONE in the state will own a wild caught specimen, simply because not everyone likes snakes.
To me, it just shows how behind the times their state legistlature is in dealing with native species that happen to be widely captive bred across the country. I see nothing wrong with owning captive bred snakes in a state where the corn snake lives freely. Many other states along the East Coast do it quite well, and I doubt that it has any adverse effects on wild populations. Georgia might actually be shooting themselves in the foot with this law. Actually encouraging people to go out and catch their own specimens, rather than giving them the means to own corn snakes legally. Imagine the revenue created by having people required to have a license for their snakes? Duh. ;) (Which by the way, having to get a license to keep non-venomous non-possessing-the-ability-to-strangle-a-small-child species of snakes is purely retarded in my opinion.)So what if a captive bred corn snake gets loose, I'm sure it can probably scratch along a living quite well on it's own. And I doubt it has the ability to kill a child, nor the aptitude to want to.
Thankfully I live in a state that doesn't really prohibit much in the capture and care of native reptiles (excluding box turtles). The only thing I've seen Indiana get stickly on concerned native birds (injured mostly) and deer raised after the mother was killed.