Arlington’s War Against Komodo Dragons

You never know where you might find little tidbits of information that will give you something to ponder and absorb. Just now I was catching up on news on the Arlington County web site when I noticed something about laws regarding keeping animals. A link directed me to the zoning laws on the subject, where I read:

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to display, exhibit, handle, or use any poisonous or dangerous reptile in such a manner as to endanger the life or health of any person.

My question: Why keep them at all if not to endanger someone’s life or health? Let’s face it – my Komodo dragon is going to scare off more people than an angry barking dog will. A fast, if lumbering, land speed, more drooling and a blank stare would certainly keep me away from someone’s yard.

The real question is just what happened to necessitate a law like this? Did someone have a team of attack snakes? I just can’t imagine. What’s your theory?

1 Comment so far

  1. Ellen (unregistered) on January 16th, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

    Religious snake handling–a Biblically based sort of Appalachian thing. It only counts, of course, if the snakes you handle are poisonous. It is a way to show one’s faith, but the occasion snake bite does occur.

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