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Reptile ID project

Posted by Smart Snakes Chad at 4/17/2013 1:33:30 PM

So I've been asked to help with a project to assist Environmental Conservation Officers in New York with reptile identification. We need to be able to very clearly help them distinguish between restricted species of reptiles and those that can be kept legally. The main focus is snakes and lizards. The species we are most concerned about are Reticulated Pythons, Burmese/Indian Pythons, both Afrocks, all four Anacondas, and Kinghorn Scrubs for snakes and Crocodile, Nile, Komodo, Asian Water, Black Throat/White Throat Monitors. The differences between the Ornate Nile Monitor and the "normal" Nile is important, as the Ornate is not restricted here. As many pictures of morphs for all these animals would be a great help. I'm hoping that people here will help out with pictures. This will be an important tool for law enforcement to do the right thing and avoid confiscating someone's Carpet Python or Red Tail. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. 

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Niki ,
Posted At: 4/17/2013 1:43:11 PM  

No help to offer, but I think this is FANTASTIC! Wish more states/counties/town would do something similar for banned animals.

Smart Snakes Chad,
Posted At: 4/17/2013 2:53:33 PM  

And that's an important thing to address in this situation. These officers have no interest in targeting or harassing people, but they do need help with ID's. The more info they have at the click of a mouse, the better able they are to do their jobs effectively and fairly. Pictures of the most common morphs of theses species and scale count diagrams, pics to help rule out species that are legal, things like that are what we will be providing. That quick reference will be an essential tool for agents in the field. They don't want to have to deal with any of these situations any more than we want to be involved with them. 

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