Rep. Dicks wants to tighten rules on pet pythons

Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.

TACOMA, Wash. — Congressman Norm Dicks wants the administration to stop imports and interstate transport of Burmese pythons and eight other types of big snakes.

He says they threaten the huge investment the nation has made in restoring the Everglades and will cost taxpayers millions to control if they continue to spread through other southern states.

Dicks told The News Tribune of Tacoma ( the pythons are killing a lot of other species, "and they're dangerous."

The senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee sent a letter to the president urging tighter restrictions on the constrictors.

The proposed rule is opposed by snake traders and some Republicans who say it's anti-business.

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