Rare snakes seized from Goldfields.
Subject: Snakes (Protection and preservation)
Animal welfare (Management)
Biological diversity conservation (Management)
Pub Date: 06/22/2012
Publication: Name: The Forensic Examiner Publisher: American College of Forensic Examiners Audience: Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Law; Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American College of Forensic Examiners ISSN: 1084-5569
Issue: Date: Summer, 2012 Source Volume: 21 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 0751000 Animal Welfare NAICS Code: 813312 Environment, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 293948998
Full Text: Three snakes were seized in two separate raids in the Goldfields yesterday.

Officers from the Department of Environment and Conservation and Customs and Border Protection found the snakes in Kambalda, 50km south of Kalgoorlie, including an exotic corn snake native to North America.

The baby corn snake and a black-headed python, which is native to WA, were seized at one address and a native southwest carpet python was discovered at another house.

Customs and Border Protection Acting National Manager Investigations Ross Viles said the illegal importation of exotic species posed a serious biosecurity risk as they could introduce diseases and compete with native animals for food and habitat.

"Customs and Border Protection works closely with other Commonwealth and state agencies such as DEC to combat the unlawful importation and exportation of wildlife," Mr. Viles said.

DEC wildlife officer Matt Swan said black-headed and southwest carpet pythons were protected fauna under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950.

The southwest carpet pythons are listed as a threatened species.

"It is an offense to take these species from the wild or be in possession of them unlawfully, and it is also illegal to buy reptiles from anyone other than a licensed reptile dealer and to keep reptiles without a license," he said.

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"Wildlife smuggling is a serious problem and DEC takes the unlawful possession of protected reptiles and reptile trafficking very seriously. My advice to anyone tempted to capture reptiles they encounter in the wild is to leave them alone."

Investigations are continuing and charges are yet to be laid.

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