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A mate of mines cousin suicided and my mate offered me his collection and showed me pics on his phone of what there was... Mainly boas and corns, I convinced my mate to turn them in.
I can tell you with certainty that there are a lot of exotics out there , mainly kept by non-herp enthusiasts. I have been involved with quite a few cases of wild Corn snakes appearing in suburban backyards. Maybe they don`t pose a threat to the environment but why take the chance. I seem to recall they said the same thing about rabbits and cane toads. By the way , anyone who releases exotic reptiles into the wild rather than lose them is not only a moron but also criminally negligent. Attitudes like that endanger the environment. Grow a brain !!
I have heard some of these stories.Victoria is famous for the VENOMOUS exotic reptile bust of the 7th of March 2001. This seizure of snakes prompted Peter Mirtschin of Venom Supplies to host a conference to discuss the matter in October of 2001. The list of confiscated exotic vens was impressive.
Darwin's are increadably uncommon in the Kimberley. To the point none have been wild collected that I know of and even photos are of wild specimens are rare. They weren't recorded in Wa until the 80's or something.Now that darwins are on WA keep list, Albino Darwins are on their way but of course they will pop up from a collected wild caught pair lol.
Less wild taking I guess. They're going to review it again in 5 years time.