Although Maryland pet stores do not sell northern snakeheads, a ban on them would confuse the public and prompt state inspectors to confiscate the wrong animals, she asserted.
"They're just ugly," she said.
Jensen said that the state's proposed ban on snakeheads will have to go through a series of public reviews before it is enacted.
He said the rules will be drafted in the next 30 days.
Like most state regulations, they must be published in the Maryland Register for a 90-day to 120-day review before they can become law. He said the review period ensures that anyone affected by the law has a chance to express his views.
But at least 20 other states have imposed a ban on the sale, ownership or release of snakeheads - largely as a result of the Crofton episode.
"After that incident [in Crofton], a number of states took steps to outlaw even its possession," said Ken Burton, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington.
Montgomery County officials are planning to enact emergency legislation that will prohibit possession of northern snakeheads.
The prohibition is expected to take effect next week.
County officials said yesterday that residents with snakeheads may turn them in to the Montgomery County Humane Society, 14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville. The phone number is 240-773-5960.