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Man fined for surfing with a python wrapped around his neck in Australia

In Australia a man was seen to surf having one wrapped around his neck python, for which he was fined approximately 1,400 euros. Video of the surfer chasing waves on Australia’s well-known Gold Coast, south of Brisbane, has caused an uproar.

The authorities imposed on him fine of 2,322 Australian dollars (about 1,400 euros). According to them, the man has the right to have a pet python, but under no circumstances can he take it out of the house he has declared as a place of residence, and even more so take it with him when he goes surfing. “In order to be able to take it out in a public place, a separate permit is required,” says the Ministry of Environment of the state of Queensland in a statement, as reported by APE-MPE.

“Snakes are cold-blooded animals and, although they can swim, these reptiles generally avoid water,” the ministry adds. “The python would find the water too cold, and the only snakes that should be in the ocean are sea snakes,” he concludes.

The carpet python, a species found in Australia and Papua New Guinea, it can reach a length of three meters. It is not poisonous. It wraps itself around its prey causing its death by suffocation. These reptiles feed mainly on birds, lizards and small mammals.

Source: News Beast

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