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What the New Law Means to Reptile Owners

No one is quite sure what the law means in its totality, and we won't until DEC promulgates its regulations (sometime before the end of June) but here are several things we do know, and some things we don't:

  • People who owned these animals before January 1, 2005 will be able to apply for a "grandfather" license. They must have proof they purchased the animal before January 1, 2005. We don't know if these licenses will be granted across the board, or what the fee will be. The law allows DEC to charge up to $170 per animal every 2 years.
  • People will not be allowed to display these animals, bring them out in public or teach with them without a reptile educator's license. We don't know the criteria that will be used to decide who is a bona fide educator, qualified to hold such a license. We do know a four-hour course will need to be attended before someone can qualify, but we don't know who will teach it yet. We don't know how this law will affect out-of-state presenters who enter the state to put on an animal presentation.
  • There is no reason to think that DEC is "out to get" anyone. The last thing they need on their plate is another law to enforce. However, police throughout the state will be required to enforce the law if a complaint is filed. This will most likely happen as a result of a bite, a domestic dispute or a flagrant violation.

   

 

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