Texas Parks and Wildlife Code

Sec. § 43.851


The commission by rule shall establish permits that allow permit holders to possess or transport in this state a live nonindigenous:


venomous snake; or


constrictor that is one of the following:


African rock python, Python sebae;


Asiatic rock python, Python molurus;


green anaconda, Eunectes murinus;


reticulated python, Python reticulatus; or


southern African python, Python natalensis.


The commission shall establish separate permits for recreational and commercial purposes.


A permit under this subchapter is not required for:


a state or county official performing an official duty;


a licensed zoo that possesses or transports a snake for exhibition or scientific purposes;


a research facility, including a university, licensed under the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. Section 2131 et seq.) that possesses or transports a snake for scientific purposes; or


a person who assists a department employee in the handling or transport of a snake under this subchapter.


Except as provided by Subsection (c), a person may not possess or transport in this state a snake described by Subsection (a) without a permit issued by the department under this subchapter.


A person convicted of a violation of this subchapter or a rule adopted under this subchapter may not obtain a permit before the fifth anniversary of the date of the conviction.
Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1159 (H.B. 12), Sec. 41, eff. September 1, 2007.

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