On Sept. 3, after hearing from several community members who oppose the City of Phillips exotic pet ordinance limiting pet constrictor snakes to 36 inches, the city council voted unanimously to remove length limitations on legally purchased and registered pet snakes.
The city's ordinance — which previously limited all reptiles and constrictor snakes to 36 inches in length — first came into question back in June. City residents Patrick and Allie Parry attended the June 4 Committee of the Whole meeting, requesting council members revise the ordinance to accommodate the natural mature length of common pet snakes. The Parrys reported they had owned a ball python for several years, and had been unaware of the city’s ordinance. The Parrys’ snake had recently surpassed the city's length limitation. Ball pythons can naturally attain lengths of around five feet.