Many reptiles sold in the pet trade pose a risk to human health and safety. Large constrictor snakes for example are extremely dangerous wild animals, and can exhibit unpredictable and aggressive behavior. Born Free USA tracks exotic animal attacks. Large constrictor snakes are a proven threat. Burmese pythons are widely established in the Everglades, and African rock pythons are also thought to be reproducing in Florida.
This bill addresses the trade in dangerous wild animals as pets. H.B. 709 will prohibit the import into the state, breeding, sale and possession as pets of the large constrictor snakes and Nile monitor lizards considered "reptiles of concern" in Florida.