Canada’s weirdest laws: it is illegal to wear a snake in public in Fredericton, N.B.

Not only does this look painful but doing so would be most illegal in Fredericton, N.B.
Not only does this look painful but doing so would be most illegal in Fredericton, N.B. (Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

If you ever wondered if a snake would look good draped around your shoulders while you’re taking a mid-summer night stroll, you need not wonder in Fredericton, N.B., because it is illegal to have a snake in public.

The city bylaw entitled “A By-Law Respecting Animal Control” states:

No person shall have, keep or possess a snake or other reptile upon the street or in any public place.”

However, that section of the bylaw is followed by another that states it’s okay to have your pet snake or any other reptile out in public as long as it is in a cage or a container that fully confines the reptile(s).

Yet, who would dare to publicly hold or wear a snake in Canada?

Well, one Canadian celebrity who has never shied away from controversy or keeping exotic pets is Justin Bieber. The Biebs used to have a pet snake named Johnson a few years ago and he even took him out in public. Unfortunately, he decided to auction the baby albino boa off for charity.

Indeed, Fredericton is not the only Canadian city that shudders at the thought of snakes. Halifax has a long list of prohibited snakes starting with any snake that is longer than 3.3 metres all the way to an Amethyst Python.

Toronto too has a prohibition against snakes that grow longer than three metres when they’re adults. Montreal has a problem with poisonous snakes and Winnipeg doesn’t seem to like snakes from the Pythonidae snake family.

One city that seems to have more of a heart for snakes is in Vancouver, which although it forbids the owning of venomous snakes, it allows a snake lover to own up to six snakes at a time.

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