Farmington, CT asked in Animal / Dog Law, Environmental and Federal Crimes for Connecticut

Q: Is the reticulated python legal in ct, I'm curious because they messed up in the scientific name of the animal?

In the document stated by the DEEP, they state multiple animals that are a illegal to keep in ct. I'm very concerned about this legality because they did not write the correct scientific name for the animal. I wonder about this legality because the same thing had happened with the burmese python when they messed on its name making that species legal. For the scientific name of ghe reticulated python, they wrote Python reticulates, when in real life the scientific name is Python reticulatus. The document also states that each animal is only relevant to this document as long as the scientific name does not change. I am not sure if the species name had changed. The URL for the article is https://eregulations.ct.gov/eRegsPortal/Browse/getDocument?guid=%7BD0E38E56-0000-CCCD-B87B-ABCD1F121231%7D . Thank you, I hope you respond to this concern.

1 Lawyer Answer
Max Lavit Rosenberg
Max Lavit Rosenberg
Answered
  • Stratford, CT
  • Licensed in Connecticut

A: They are definitely not legal in Connecticut to own as pets. The DEP has made sure to include this reptile in the language of their code. Under the new regs, animals are listed in four categories. Category one requires the owner to have a permit. Categories 2,3, and 4 are just not legal. Category two includes animals that are considered a threat to human safety due to their physical characteristics. This category includes a long list of animals, including Northern African pythons, Southern African pythons, reticulated pythons, amethystine pythons, green or common anacondas, yellow anacondas, Bolivian anacondas, certain monitor lizards and a number of other snakes and reptiles as well as primates, bears and large cats.

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