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By Georgina Mills

Defra has decided there is insufficient evidence that snakes need space to stretch out to their full length.

It has set out its position in a letter to reptile biologist Clifford Warwick after he wrote to the department questioning its recently published guidelines on the care of snakes.

The department’s first draft of the guidance, which accompanied the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, contained a condition that ‘all snakes should be allowed sufficient space to stretch out fully’.

However, by the time the final version was published in October, this statement had been …

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