New Restrictions on Dangerous Python & Anaconda Species

Albino Burmese python. Photo by Caroline Seitz.

As of March 23, 2012, the four large non-native snakes shown below will be added to the list of injurious species barred in the United States from import and interstate transport under the Lacey Act:

  • Python molurus (which includes Burmese python [Python molurus bivittatus] and Indian python [Python molurus molurus])
  • Northern African python (Python sebae)
  • Southern African python (Python natalensis)
  • Yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus)

These species have been restricted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent the accidental or intentional introduction of, and the possible subsequent establishment of populations of, these snakes in the wild in the United States.