Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Halls Creek: Fine for keeping snakes

Black-headed python - photo Wikimedia

Black-headed python - photo Wikimedia

A Halls Creek man copped an $800 fine for keeping three black-headed pythons without a license.

You can read a statement from the Department of Environment and Conservation here:

Python seizure leads to conviction

Thursday, 31 March 2011

A Kimberley man has been fined $800 and ordered to pay court costs of $119 after he was convicted of keeping three black-headed pythons (Aspidites melanocephalus) in captivity without a licence.

David Anthony Foriglio was charged following the discovery of pythons at his Halls Creek residence in November 2010.

He was charged under the Wildlife Conservation Regulations.

Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) district wildlife officer Len Terry said the animals were seized but they could not be returned to the wild due to the risk of introducing disease into the wild population.

“A health check of the pythons found them to be in good condition, so they will be placed in suitable facilities under licence,” he said.

“Black-headed pythons are native to the Kimberley and Pilbara regions and they have a very striking appearance with a glossy black head.

“Wild reptiles cannot be removed from their natural habitat except under special licence.

“The biggest risk that we have is too many animals are being removed from their natural habitat and there are not enough animals of the same species to replace them.

Mr Terry said this was a really bad outcome for biodiversity in this area.

“Native reptiles may be kept as pets only under a pet herpetofauna licence provided they have been purchased lawfully from a licensed dealer,” he said.

“DEC takes the unlawful possession of protected reptiles and reptile trafficking very seriously, and investigates any such instances vigorously.”

Anyone who has information about the illegal removal of reptiles or notices any suspicious activity suggesting that reptiles are being illegally moved should call DEC’s Wildcare hotline 9474 9055.

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