Snakes alive, it's good to be cold-blooded in Norway since the Scandinavian nation's government just reversed a “cold-blooded” ban on importing, selling and owning the scaly critters.
Norway's Agriculture and Food Ministry (which also regulates domestic animals and pets) repealed the ban instituted on January 1st of 1977 because it plainly wasn't working. According to NRK, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority estimates that roughly 100,000 illegal reptiles are already in the country.
One might think snakes, lizards, turtles and other reptiles would rather live anywhere BUT Norway, all things considered. Well, think again. Norway boasts three native snake species: the Grass Snake (Natrix natrix), the Smooth Snake (Coronella austriaca) and the Common Viper (Vibera berus, shown below), the latter of which is venomous.
Potential pet-owners in Norway shouldn't get too excited too soon, mind you. A list published by the Ministry permits the ownership of nine species of snakes, seven types of lizards and just three kinds of turtles. In addition, the repeal doesn't come into effect until August 15th of 2017.
The nineteen previously black-balled reptiles will still be reptilia-non-grata in Iceland, however, and the island nation has no plans to rescind or modify its policy. (image via Robert Anders)