The United States is banning the importation of four species of snakes and their eggs, the Interior Department announced Tuesday.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the ban — which covers the Burmese python, the northern and southern African pythons, and the yellow anaconda — at a news conference at Everglades National Park in South Florida, where non-native snakes have become a serious problem.
Park officials called the announcement a great first step for the park’s ecosystem.
“We are very happy to see this finally in place,” said park spokeswoman Linda Friar. “The python has continued to be an increasing challenge in management and we are hoping this will help us get a better handle on this species.”