Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 902, the Illinois Herptiles-Herps Act, into law. Effective January 1, 2015, Illinois will have an historic law in effect and will be the only state in the US with a code section devoted exclusively to reptiles and amphibians.
SB 902 will lift the current ban on keeping of large constrictors and improves existing law with respect to the keeping of venomous snakes. Most importantly, it removes reptiles completely from the Illinois Dangerous Animals Act.
Special thanks to Scott Ballard, Natural Heritage Biologist/Herpetologist, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, who drafted and edited this bill over many years and who sought and considered extensive feedback from the reptile community in Illinois.