The python molurus bivittatus, which is being bred for export in Vietnam , is one of several species of pythons to be prohibited from being imported into the United States .

According to an announcement released recently by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), four species of pythons, including the eunectes notaeus, python molurus, python natalensis and python sebae, are considered as "harmful wild animals" by the US .

The announcement specifies prohibition in the import of live specimens, including their sperm, eggs and hybrid specimens into the US , and the transport of these animals through the US to other countries.

The import of dead specimens and products made from the parts of dead pythons, however, are not prohibited.

Following the announcement, the Vietnam Administration of Forestry under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on April 15 requested departments in cities and provinces to send relevant announcements about the US 's new regulation to facilitate adjustments of company production plans.

Local departments were also requested to conduct more inspections and supervision in the breeding and trading of wild animals to prevent violations of Vietnamese laws and CITES rules.-VNA