Fri., February 10, 2012 11:00am (EST)

Savannah Bans St. Paddy's Snakes
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
City officials and local reptile handlers said they are concerned about the potential danger of public displays of snakes during St. Patrick’s Day festivities. City officials are banning the displays. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/magdalena_b/4767738136/>magdalena_b via Flickr</a>.)
City officials and local reptile handlers said they are concerned about the potential danger of public displays of snakes during St. Patrick’s Day festivities. City officials are banning the displays. (Photo Courtesy of magdalena_b via Flickr.)
Savannah city leaders are banning the public display of snakes at the upcoming St. Patrick's Day festival.

Pythons and other snakes have been part of the festivities in recent years, and the snake handlers are often mobbed by drunken revelers fascinated by the reptiles.

City officials and local reptile handlers said they are concerned about the potential danger.

Thaddaus Depper, a manager at Exotic Underworld pet store, said people under the influence of alcohol and potentially dangerous animals are a dangerous mix.

He said he won't take out a python longer than 7 feet unless he has another employee standing by because of the risk of being encircled and crushed.