Conservation officers seize 9-foot python from B.C. home

Conservation officers seize 9-foot python from B.C. home
BC Conservation Officer Service
The python is shown.

Conservation officers say a 2.7 metre (nine foot) Burmese python was seized from a home in Chilliwack where it was being kept illegally as a pet.

The BC Conservation Officers Service says officers seized the snake as part of an ongoing investigation into the unlawful possession of a python.

On Tuesday, conservation officers “specially trained to handle exotic animals” helped execute a search warrant at the home where the reptile was seized.

It’s now being cared for at an “undisclosed location” as the investigation continues, according to the COS.

Burmese pythons are considered a “controlled alien species” in B.C., meaning they are not native to the province and are not considered wildlife.

All controlled alien species are regulated by the provincial government, and it’s illegal to own one, breed one or transport one without a special permit, which are generally granted to zoos, aquariums, researchers or film productions.

The COS says enforcement action will likely be taken against the person who owned this pet python in Chilliwack.

Penalties for illegally owning a controlled alien species can range from fines up to $100,000, and/or up to one year in prison.

There are about 1,200 species included on B.C.’s controlled alien species list. The full list can be found on the province of B.C. website.

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