Friday, May 6, 2011

Do You Know...

Photo: Marc Jacobs Snake Suede and Leather Clutch $1,095 NAT

Do you know it is illegal to trade python in California?

Fashion conscious Californian's have the slither around to around to trap this springs trendiest shoes, bags, pants and jackets in python. Since 1970 the sale of python skin or parts has been outlawed. Importing or shipping products made from the endangered species into the state for commercial purposes is illegal. Violators face a maximum fine of $5,000 or a six-month accommodations in an unflattering orange jumpsuit at a county jail. Stylists and fashionistas have creatively come up with ways to acquire the goods. Some shoppers fly to Las Vegas, while one stylists orders directly from Gucci in Hawaii, which will mail it. It's legal to bring your own python across state lines, as long as you don't plant to sell it. California is the only state with a ban on all types of python, although only Indian python is on the endangered species list.

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