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    BO 10570.1 - Military Policy on Pets and Exotics

    i often see for sale or for adoption ads around the forum, web or locally to me from military personnel who have to report for duty and need to rehome their snakes and herps. i thought i've read a few that kept them on base butt i just read a news story about 2 snakes - a ball and a boa - being found separately at a military base in North Carolina and apparently it is against their policy - Base Order 10570.1. here's a PDF of the memo issued to Marines; it's defined under #5 of definitions on page 17.: i find it very fascinating how that the policy takes such a scientific and environmental impact stance!

    story here:
    No Pet Snakes Allowed! Warning Issued After Python, Boa Found on NC Marine Base Camp Lejeune
    A ball python found in the barracks and red tailed boa found in the parking lot at Camp Lejeune prompts warning against exotic pets.

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Friday Camp Lejeune issued a stern warning to Marines and others about having pet snakes. Not only can exotic animals cause many environmental problems, but having them as pets is also not permitted, according to Base Order 10570.1, the post states.

    The base posted on its Facebook page that a ball python and a boa were recently found on the base and having snakes are against the rules. The python was found in the barricks and the red tailed boa was found in the parking lot, according to, a military public relations publication.

    Neither of the snakes are native to North Carolina or the United States, the post says. Camp Lejeune authorities said certain domestic animals are allowed and people living within base housing or on the base should check it before getting a pet.

    Exotic species are typically introduced by people who own them as pets, and are either intentionally released or they escape their enclosures. Fortunately, the ball python and red tailed boa were captured by Conservation Law Enforcement and transferred to appropriate individuals to receive proper care. We can avoid introducing damaging species and allow our native ecosystem to thrive by not housing or releasing exotic species on base, the post states.

    The base warns that an exotic species, such as snakes, may prey on native species, have no predators, outcompete native species for food or other resources, introduce diseases, or interrupt a native species’ life cycle in some way. There are many other issues that introduced exotic species can cause.

    If you see an animal you think may be exotic or you have one that needs to be rehomed, please contact Land and Wildlife Resources (910-451-7235) or Conservation Law Enforcement (910-451-5226) for assistance.
    and here:
    Camp Lejeune officials capture non-native snakes in barracks, parking lot

    Camp Lejeune Land and Wildlife Resources staff have responded to at least two reports on-base of snakes that they say are dangerous and not native to the U.S.

    CLLWR officials say the first such snake reported was a Ball Python found inside a housing barracks, while a Red Tailed Boa Constrictor was found in a parking lot on base.

    According to a post on Camp Lejeune’s official Facebook page, neither of those snakes are native to the U.S., and they may pose threats to human safety and other animals and plants in the surrounding environment.

    According to regulation MCIEAST-MCB CAMLEJO 10570.1, people living in base housing areas are only allowed to have select domestic animals – including dogs, cats, horses and registered service animals.

    Base officials say animals NOT allowed on base include wild, exotic animals such as venomous, constrictor-type snakes or other reptiles, raccoons, skunks, ferrets, iguanas, or other “domesticated” wild animals. No privately-owned animals are allowed in work areas, barracks, enlisted officer quarters, or bachelor officer quarters.

    For more information on potentially dangerous snakes, or on Camp Lejeune’s pet and animal regulations, call Land and Wildlife Resources at 910-451-7235.
    ^ interesting. maybe they should just get a shared/communal pet or mascot like George from back in the day:

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