FWC busts Miami man for selling pythons on craigslist without proper licenses
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
After receiving information that a Miami man was
selling reticulated pythons on the Internet without proper
licenses, investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) went undercover to buy the reptiles
Posing as a buyer, an investigator answered the
seller's craigslist ad and set up a meeting on May 21 to purchase
and collect the snakes in Miami. The seller told the investigator
that he did not have a license to possess the snakes. The
investigator bought two reticulated pythons for $20 apiece and
indicated that he did not have a license either. It is unlawful for
an unlicensed person to possess a reptile of concern or to sell
wildlife without a sales license.
Miguel C. Ruitort (DOB 01/07/90) of Miami was
charged with three misdemeanors: selling wildlife without a
license, possessing reptiles of concern without a license, and
selling reptiles of concern to an unlicensed person. Ruitort
released the snakes to the FWC. He also was issued three written
warnings for additional reptile-of-concern violations.
Reptiles of concern must be licensed by the FWC's
Captive Wildlife Section to be kept as pets. The license costs $100
per year and mandates specific caging requirements. All reptiles of
concern more than 2 inches in diameter must be implanted with a
microchip that identifies the animal. It is unlawful to allow
one to escape or to release one into the wild.
For more information, go to MyFWC.com/ROC.