I really don't know about the legal point of view but I can help you in identifying the snake. Go to: www.discoverlife.org and search by entering this snake's description. You might get more than one type of snake matching the description. Just look at the pictures and I am sure you can identify which one of those it is. The good thing is that once you know which snake it is, you can read the article related to it to know if it is dangerous or not.