Ala. city considers rule on pet snakes

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FALKVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Leaders of a northern Alabama city are considering passing an ordinance to ban residents from owning certain types of snakes.

The Decatur Daily reports (http://bit.ly/18X5r9B ) the proposal was introduced after Falkville resident Terry Lambert's house caught on fire in August and he came running from the burning home clutching an armful of his pet snakes.

Mayor Bob Ramey says the sight disturbed some of his neighbors.

Lambert says his snakes are kept in plastic boxes in his garage, and aren't expected to grow to be more than 4 feet long.

Lambert's wife, Melissa, says their neighbors even offered to care for the reptiles when the family was displaced by the fire.

Despite that, Ramey says complaints from neighbors prompted city council to consider drafting regulations on the issue.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml



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