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DEC: Man Attempted To Sell Burmese Pythons

Officers allegedly recovered a 14-foot-long, 100-pound breeder snake from Arthur Davidson's car.

A Bay Shore man plead guilty September 5 to selling wild animals as pets after investigators caught him attempting to sell Burmese Pythons on Craigslist, according to the New York State Department of Environmental.

In July, Arthur Davidson, who resides within the eastern border of the West Islip School District, negotiated the sale of 23 young pythons for $2,400 to a DEC officer posing as a buyer, the DEC said.

A subsequent investigation following the sale led to the discovery of a 14-foot-long, 100-pound breeder female Burmese Python and an additional five juvenile pythons in a bag in Davidson's car.

The snakes were seized and donated to permitted educational and research institutions, the DEC said.

Davidson was charged with selling wild animals as pets, a misdemeanor, and was fined $5,000.

Though they are popular as pets, a permit from the DEC is required to posess Burmese Pythons in New York State. The species can grow to more than 22 feet long in the wild.

Lisa September 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM
During a period in our history where our US Embassadors are being DRAGGED through streets and executed.... THIS is what the FBI and DEC are spending their money on? Let me tell you about how obnoxious this is. First of all... the "breeder" female they are speaking of is 20 years old and had been in the possession of this person since HER birth. The person we are discussing here, has been a foremost expert on reptiles since the very early 90's when NONE of this was banned nor illegal. The IGNORANCE of PEOPLE is overwhelming. Nobody was in danger.... the EXCUSE of burmese pythons destroying the Florida Everglades which is the DEC's reason for the ban on these GORGEOUS reptiles....is ridiculous when in truth this man is in NEW YORK. The fact that the snake was "seized and donated" now to someone that runs a CHILDRENS PETTING ZOO and goes to schools shows the level of ridiculousness of our government. We have people unemployed, starving, dealing drugs to our elementary school children, sexual deviancy, etc. The MISDEMEANOR CRIME OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS in fines... off of what has to be a close to 6 figure investigation (YES FOLKS YOUR FBI SHOWED UP IN RIOT GEAR TO TAKE DOWN ONE MAN AS EVIDENCED BY THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD IT HAPPENED IN... A MIDDLE AGED MAN BY THE WAY.... what the hell did he think they were gonna do?) FOR SNAKES? And you want to know what is wrong with our country? THIS WOULD BE IT! GO FIND REAL CRIMINALS AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN! This is DISGRACEFUL.
Lisa September 14, 2012 at 02:44 PM
and I am absolutely not buying for a second the baloney that the "breeder" snake they are speaking of.... was in the car. That makes NO sense what so ever. GREAT JOB FBI...where are all those missing children again????? Where are all those terrorist cells IN OUR COUNTRY again????? No... no we are worried about BURMESE PYTHONS cause ya know... THEY are KNOWN to blow up buildings...... RIDICULOUS!
Lisa September 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
as for the DEC.... I have a question for you... how much an hour do YOU make to have held a press conference on this? Well since I wasn't there... how about I ask you a question here... HOW'S THAT BREAST CANCER RATE SOUTH OF MONTAUK HIGHWAY GOING? DID YA FIGURE THAT OUT YET or did Burmese Pythons cause that too?

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