Wednesday, January 23, 2008

State verses local law in venomous snake debate

According to a number of articles out today, the city of Deltona has asked its attorney to research the legal status of a man owns more than fifty venomous snakes, including cobras, Eastern Diamondback rattlesnakes, Gabon vipers, and Green Mambas. Although a local ordinance prohibits keeping venomous reptiles, the man has already been licensed to keep the snakes by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. For the time being, the man is being allowed to keep the snakes while city officials research the law on whether the state license preempts the local ordinance. Articles available at the Daytona Beach News Journal, WESH 2 in Orlando, and Central Florida 13.

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