Hi everybody. Been quiet here lately, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
My fiancee and I are consulting on a project for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation to make a guide for law enforcement officers inspecting reptile collections and dealing with nuisance animals. In NY, permits are required for giants like Anacondas and Reticulated Pythons, but a surprising number of people can't tell potentially dangerous snake from a harmless one. (As I type, a man somewhere in NY is going through a custody hearing because his ex-wife reported his ball python as a cobra. I wish I was making this up.)
I'm writing to ask if anyone in the community would allow us to use images of your animals (with full credit to you of course) to illustrate what Should and Should Not be confiscated.
In New York, keeping of Anacondas, Burmese Pythons, Indian Pythons, African and Natal Rock Pythons, Reticulated Pythons and all reptiles that are venomous by nature is restricted to permit holders only. There are some species of monitor lizard on the list as well, but I'm only asking about snakes here.
If anyone would like to share photos of your animals for a "guessing game" ID exercise, we would deeply appreciate the help. The idea is to use photos of both restricted and unrestricted species to give officers some examples of known snakes with which to practice their newly-acquired herpetology skills. However, our collection is heavy toward colubrids, and then rare stuff like scrub pythons and an Egyptian Flowered Racer.
We would like to include, besides the constrictors mentioned above:
Ball Python morphs
Tree Pythons and Tree Boas
Anything "weird" or otherwise not often seen by the public (beauty snakes, cat snakes, rubber boas, etc.)
Thanks in advance!
- Photos needed for officer education project.