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    American man being ordered to get rid of 28 boa constrictors

    NewsReptiles and amphibiansTuesday 30 April 2013
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    A man in Utah, USA has been officialy ordered by police to get rid of all but one of his 29 boa constrictor snake collection because he does not have an exotic pet permit.

    Thomas Cobb is angry and worried over the police order and it is no surprise why. He has spent over $100,000 building his collection which includes buying cages and also building a special room in his basement to house the pets. He also has decades worth of experience in looking after the snakes.

    His problems started last week when a neighbour near to him spotted one of his snakes and called the police. After an investigation the police discovered the other 29 snakes in a special room in the basement of his house. They also discovered 80 rats for feeding the snakes. Neighbours had also complained months before of bad smells coming from the hosue.

    Cobb’s special room for the snakes was hygienic, clean and they were well cared for however the laws for the state he lives in say that a citizen is only allowed to have one snake per person unless they have an “exotic pet permit”.  “They’re in a heat-controlled environment, humidity-controlled environment, cement walls surrounding all four areas,” Cobb said.

    The police issued the ticket and have given him seven days to relocate the snakes. Cobb said that not having a permit was simply an oversight.

    He does not know what he will do with the snakes. They are estimated to have cost Cobb up to $12,000 each. He claims these have been specially bred and not the usual sort you would find from a pet store.

    All his snakes are said to have special genetic mutations. He has a degree in biochemistry with specialist skills in genetics and mutation.

    He believes that it is impossible for the snakes to escape from specialist cages that cost $30,000.

    “It’s caused me to cry five times today,” Cobb said. “You don’t take someone’s passion when they’re doing it right. You don’t go to Arnold Palmer and bust his best club. You don’t go to a surgeon and take his scalpel and stereoscope. I do it right, and it’s very unfair.”

    “It’s my entire passion, it’s my hobby. It’s where I go when I have the craziest day at work to breathe,” Cobb said. “It’s pulling the ventilator off of someone you love. It’s my dream ever since I was a kid.”

     
     
     

    Source: APP

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