Monday, February 18, 2008

City Ordinance Lifted To Allow Owners To Keep Poisonous Snakes

City Ordinance Lifted To Allow Owners To Keep Poisonous Snakes

POSTED: 8:00 am EST February 18, 2008

DELTONA, Fla. -- A Deltona city ordinance banning venomous snakes will lose its bite. City commissioners plan to change the rule during their regular meeting, Monday, after a local snake owner challenged it. 

Brian Radenberg owns more than 50 poisonous snakes and was told he had 30 days to lose the snakes or move. But Radenberg said he's licensed by the state to have them. 

"I've been doing this for so long I wouldn't even know what to do without them," Radenberg said. 

City leaders became worried the snakes would pose a public safety threat if they ever escaped and they banned them within city limits, but their attorney found they didn't have the authority to override the state's regulations of reptiles.

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to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
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