York County Representatives Herb Kirsh makes no bones about the fact that he does not care for snakes or reptiles of any kind. The Clover Democrat has prefiled a bill that would regulate ownership of dangerous snakes and reptiles. Under the bill, owners must house the animals in bite-proof locked enclosures. If the animal gets loose, its owners must call law enforcement immediately. Kirsh says he got the idea to develop the measure after reading an article in the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette some time ago about an escaped pet snake. “The snake escaped somewhere and was about to crawl up a fella’s leg and it scared the daylights out of him. It was a python. I don’t blame him. Those kind of snakes don’t need to be running around loose.”
Kirsh says he is thankful that the keeping of exotic pets is not something that he done often in the town of Clover. “It’s not prevalent around here and I don’t think it’s call for. I feel the same way about tigers or anything that’s exotic. You don’t need to have these kind of animals running around. That’s just my opinion.”
Kirsh says he just not comfortable around reptiles, especially snakes. “I don’t care if they’re black, purple. I don’t care what color they are. I don’t like snakes or exotic animals.”
Kirsh says if he sees a snake in the street he’ll try to run over it.