Arlington’s War Against Komodo Dragons

You never know where you might find little tidbits of information that will give you something to ponder and absorb. Just now I was catching up on news on the Arlington County web site when I noticed something about laws regarding keeping animals. A link directed me to the zoning laws on the subject, where I read:

It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to display, exhibit, handle, or use any poisonous or dangerous reptile in such a manner as to endanger the life or health of any person.

My question: Why keep them at all if not to endanger someone’s life or health? Let’s face it – my Komodo dragon is going to scare off more people than an angry barking dog will. A fast, if lumbering, land speed, more drooling and a blank stare would certainly keep me away from someone’s yard.

The real question is just what happened to necessitate a law like this? Did someone have a team of attack snakes? I just can’t imagine. What’s your theory?

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Carl Weaver is a writer and brewer for and has been making beer and wine for more than 20 years. He is also an avid photographer and writer and just finished his first book, about a trip he took to Thailand to live in Buddhist monasteries. He considers himself the last of the Renaissance men and the luckiest darned guy in the world. Follow him on Twitter.

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