TRURO TOWN COUNCIL – Pet snakes in downtown causing concern

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TRURO – Snake spottings in downtown Truro have caused some concern with residents and councillors alike.

Coun. Tom Chisholm told town council on Monday that an eight-foot snake has been seen out “for a walk” in the downtown core with its owner on a number of occasions recently.

“I’ve had a few calls about it,” said Chisholm, adding the reptile has been wrapped around the person’s neck during the outings.

“Inglis Street businesses are not impressed,” he added of the sightings.  “It’s a pet (and there’s) very little we can do.”

Truro Mayor Bill Mills confirmed with the Truro Daily News that the town doesn’t have a bylaw for this type of situation.

But, he said, “the province may have issue with it. We’ll have to look into that and make a judgment call,” said Mills.

“People aren’t comfortable with some pets. There needs to be consideration of fears and phobias. It definitely got people’s attention,” Mills added.

 

mchiassson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

 

 

Organizations: TRURO TOWN COUNCIL, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Inglis Street

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  • Tim
    August 28, 2013 - 21:51

    Is this snake even legal to own in NS? According to this link, in NS, it's illegal for anyone to own a snake that can grow to 3 meters or more ... http://novascotia.ca/natr/wildlife/laws/pdf/App6.pdf

  • teresa
    June 11, 2013 - 18:00

    Are we going to ban EVERYTHING because of peoples fears and phobias? are we taking away rights because of someones phobia? maybe we should remove elevators, ladders, spiders, large bodies of water, darkness... good heavens... give us some right to own the pet we choose ! next we wont be able to wear perfume or high heels or walk our dog ?? BACK OFF BIG BROTHER !!

  • David
    May 08, 2013 - 13:48

    Snakes and other reptiles in general are highly misunderstood. The vast majority of snakes pose absolutely no risk to people. The Department of Natural Resources has the authority to maintain lists that permit or exclude all forms of wildlife kept in captivity. All venomous reptiles are excluded meaning you can not keep them in Nova Scoita. Currently snakes over 10' in length are also excluded. Snakes under 10' simply do not have the power to cause any moderate or serious injury to humans. Additionally snakes do not see humans as a food source. Most snakes eat a diet of primarily rodents and these animals have far superior sense of smell than people do so less you smell like a rat your not likely to be on the menu for any snake. There are many types of snakes that are very hesitant to bite. For example ball pythons, there primary defense mechanism is to curl up into a ball and hide there head (hence the name). Snake bites do occur but most often its during feedings not just randomly. When a snake does bite the injury is minor at best. Snake 'teeth" are like needles so the resulting injury is generally a series of tiny holes, minor bleeding and slight pain. Most of the commonly kept reptiles in Nova Scotia are not imported. Most are captive breed. Often there is a larger captive breed population of many reptiles then there are wild ones due to the efforts of herpetoculturists. Yes these animals are wild animals but so were cats and dogs before we domesticated them. Most people think snakes are hazardous to people because of pure ignorance and irrational fear. There is a study that suggest that fear of snakes maybe a genetic predisposition in humans. There truly is no danger to the public from snakes. I do understand people have phobias of snakes but there are people who are phobic of dogs, cats and clowns and we shouldn't start banning things because some people are phobic of them. I suggest the people with phobias seek counseling to help you deal with your phobia.

  • David
    May 08, 2013 - 13:42

    Snakes and other reptiles in general are highly misunderstood. The vast majority of snakes pose absolutely no risk to people. The Department of Natural Resources has the authority to maintain lists that permit or exclude all forms of wildlife kept in captivity. All venomous reptiles are excluded meaning you can not keep them in Nova Scoita. Currently snakes over 10' in length are also excluded. Snakes under 10' simply do not have the power to cause any moderate or serious injury to humans. Additionally snakes do not see humans as a food source. Most snakes eat a diet of primarily rodents and these animals have far superior sense of smell than people do so less you smell like a rat your not likely to be on the menu for any snake. There are many types of snakes that are very hesitant to bite. For example ball pythons, there primary defense mechanism is to curl up into a ball and hide there head (hence the name). Snake bites do occur but most often its during feedings not just randomly. When a snake does bite the injury is minor at best. Snake 'teeth" are like needles so the resulting injury is generally a series of tiny holes, minor bleeding and slight pain. Most of the commonly kept reptiles in Nova Scotia are not imported. Most are captive breed. Often there is a larger captive breed population of many reptiles then there are wild ones due to the efforts of herpetoculturists. Yes these animals are wild animals but so were cats and dogs before we domesticated them. Most people think snakes are hazardous to people because of pure ignorance and irrational fear. There is a study that suggest that fear of snakes maybe a genetic predisposition in humans. There truly is no danger to the public from snakes. I do understand people have phobias of snakes but there are people who are phobic of dogs, cats and clowns and we shouldn't start banning things because some people are phobic of them. I suggest the people with phobias seek counseling to help you deal with your phobia.

  • me from town
    May 07, 2013 - 08:44

    Last time I checked we lived in a free country. If he wants to take his pet snake out he should be allowed. Not like it's a "Pit Bull" right ?

  • Love animals but................
    May 07, 2013 - 07:27

    I love pretty much all animals but definitely draw the line at snakes!!!!! I have severe snake-o-phobia,including real,pictures ,television ,and rubber ones. While living in BC a number of years ago,I suddenly found myself face to face with someone who had a yellow ball python around their neck,I do believe that most of downtown Vancouver heard me scream,followed by the EMT's being called. Those "pets" as people call them should NOT be allowed in the public where people like me can come across them. I have high blood pressure and seeing something like that is totally enough to make it rise incredibly high and fast.. Please please please keep that thing in it's cage where it belongs ,instead of scaring people to death!!!!!!

  • Byron M.
    May 07, 2013 - 00:00

    Any creature that may pose a hazard or danger to the general public should not be permitted out in public not in a cage or container ie: reptile; snakes, lizards, or creepy crawlers like spiders etc. Snakes are unpredictable and if agitated will strike out. Most snakes are not poisonous but they do have powerful jaws and a nasty bite. Such creatures are not PETS. They are wild creatures and operate on instincts. The main one being a constant search for food. My understanding is that you have to have a permit to have a reptile or wild animal in your possession. Many creatures are prohibited from being imported into the country little lone being in possession of them. Ever see how fast those big snakes can strike and bite? Faster than you can blink your eyes. Snakes are meant to be in the wild in the countries they originate. There is a major problem in the Everglades in the South because the big snakes are thriving after somebody released their PET many years ago. Imagine one crawling up from toilet when you set on it. That has happened in places where these snakes got loose. Snakes are not PETS; they are wild creatures and unpredictable.

  • Pet Lover....no matter what the type.
    May 06, 2013 - 20:08

    I met the snake and her handler and you want to know something...some people need to stop complaining over stupid things. He doesn't force you to interact with his pet....but he will gladly stop and let you "pet" her and answer your questions. What's next Town Council...gonna start making by laws about people walking their dogs because of people who have phobias of them. Sheesh.....get a life already...stop continuing to run this town like a seniors village.

  • Jody Uhren
    May 06, 2013 - 19:32

    I'm sorry but this shouldn't even be in the news paper or brought to the Mayor's attention, like really if you are scared or don't like snakes well than, DON'T look at it, or cross the street, do we not have more important things to worry about than someone walking with a snake? Lots of people are afraid of dogs, we walk them! Seems to me it's just something else for people to complain about, and a chance for Truro to try and make another by-law and make someone's life miserable.

  • j
    May 06, 2013 - 18:02

    people are scared of dogs, too. i can see both sides of the story, tho. it's a pet, a beautiful pet. the guy's proud of it. he loves it. but, there are people who are scared to death of snakes. though call. not one to waste the mayor's time with, however!