Conditional Species List

Conditional Nonnative Wildlife

Rules concerning prohibited nonnative species are found in Chapter 68-5External Website, F.A.C.

Conditional nonnative species (formerly referred to as restricted species) are considered to be dangerous to the ecology and/or the health and welfare of the people of Florida. These species are not allowed to be personally possessed, although exceptions are made by permit from the Executive Director for research, commercial use (with security measures to prevent escape or release) or public exhibition purposes.

Facilities with an Aquaculture Certificate of Registration External Website (AQ) and authorization to possess conditional species are not required to obtain an FWC conditional species permit to import conditional species to be used in aquaculture activities. However, aquaculturists that import or purchase fish for direct retail must obtain an FWC permit in addition to an AQ.

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  1. Trachemys scripta elegans (Red-eared slider)
    1. A permit is required to acquire red-eared sliders for personal possession; red-eared sliders must be contained in outdoor facilities that have a permanent containment barrier secured at least six inches below ground level to prevent escape by digging, erosion, climbing or by passing through gaps; such barriers may be constructed of solid metal or weather-resistant and rot-resistant material, and may not use mesh material.  All eggs must be removed and destroyed daily from outdoor facilities.
    2. Red-eared sliders in personal possession prior to July 1, 07 may continue in the possession of the owner
    3. Red-eared sliders less than four inches carapace length may not be possessed after July 1, 08 without a permit
    4. Red-eared sliders with distinctive aberrant color patterns, including albino or amelanistic specimens, may be possessed without a permit otherwise required by the rule
Snakes and Lizards

(The following species possessed for personal use by reptile of concern license holders prior to July 1, 2010  may continue in the possession of the owner for the life of the animal. A valid reptile of concern license to possess these animals must be maintained pursuant to 379.372, F.S.)

  1. Python molurus (Indian or Burmese python)
  2. Python reticulatus (Reticulated python)
  3. Python sebae (Northern African python)
  4. Python natalensis (Southern African python)
  5. Morelia amethistinus (Amethystine python)
  6. Morelia kinghorni (Scrub python)
  7. Eunectes murinus (Green anaconda)
  8. Varanus niloticus (Nile monitor)


Freshwater Fish

  1. Salminus affinis
  2. Salminus brasiliensis
  3. Salminus franciscanus
  4. Salminus hilarii
  1. Oreochromis aureus (Blue tilapia)
  2. Oreochromis urolepis (Wami or Rufigi tilapia)
  3. Oreochromis mossambicus (Mozambique tilapia)
  4. Oreochromis niloticus (Nile tilapia)
Asian Carp
  1. Ctenopharyngodon idella (Grass carp)
    1. Rules and restrictions for C. idella described in 68A-23.088, F.A.C.
  2. Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (Silver carp)
  3. Hypophthalmichthys nobilis (Bighead carp)
  4. Mylopharyngodon piceus (Black carp)
  1. Ictalurus furcatus(Blue catfish)
    1. Exception: I. furcatus may be possessed in the Suwannee River and its tributaries and north and west of the Suwannee River
  2. Clarias batrachus (Walking catfish)
Nile Perches
  1. Hypopterus macropterus (Spikey bass)
  2. Lates angustifrons (Tanganyika lates)
  3. Lates calcarifer (Barramundi)
  4. Lates japonicus (Japanese lates)
  5. Lates longispinis (Rudolf lates)
  6. Lates macrophthalmus (Albert lates)
  7. Lates mariae (Bigeye lates)
  8. Lates microlepis (Forktail lates)
  9. Lates niloticus (Nile perch)
  10. Lates stappersii (Sleek lates)
  11. Psammoperca waigensis (Waigieu seaperch)

(except silver arowana, Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)

  1. Osteoglossum ferreirai (Black arawana)
  2. Scleropages aureus
  3. Scleropages formosus (Asian bonytongue)
  4. Scleropages jardinii (Australian bonytongue)
  5. Scleropages legendrei
  6. Scleropages leichardti (Spotted bonytongue)
  7. Scleropages macrocephalus
Bony-tongue fishes
  1. Arapaima gigas (Arapaima)
  2. Heterotis niloticus (Heterotis)
Freshwater Stingrays

- Family Potamotrygonidae, all species

  1. Paratrygon aiereba (Discus ray)
  2. Plesiotrygon iwamae (Long-tailed river stingray)
  3. Potamotrygon boesemani
  4. Potamotrygon brachyura (Short-tailed river stingray)
  5. Potamotrygon castexi (Vermiculate river stingray)
  6. Potamotrygon constellata (Thorny river stingray)
  7. Potamotrygon falkneri (Largespot river stingray)
  8. Potamotrygon henlei (Bigtooth river stingray)
  9. Potamotrygon hystrix (Porcupine river stingray)
  10. Potamotrygon leopoldi (White-blotched river stingray)
  11. Potamotrygon magdalenae (Magdalena river stingray)
  12. Potamotrygon marinae
  13. Potamotrygon motoro (Ocellate river stingray)
  14. Potamotrygon ocellata (Red-blotched river stingray)
  15. Potamotrygon orbignyi (Smooth back river stingray)
  16. Potamotrygon schroederi (Rosette river stingray)
  17. Potamotrygon schuhmacheri
  18. Potamotrygon scobina (Raspy river stingray)
  19. Potamotrygon signata (Parnaiba river stingray)
  20. Potamotrygon yepezi (Maracaibo river stingray)
  1. Micropterus salmoides salmoides(Northern largemouth bass)
    1. Exception: intergrade largemouth bass (northern largemouth bass x Florida largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides floridanus) may be possessed in the Suwannee River and its tributaries and north and west of the Suwannee River


Aquatic Invertebrates

  1. Procambarus clarkii(Red swamp crayfish)
    1. Pond aquaculture is prohibited but P. clarkii may be possessed west of the Apalachicola River or imported for direct sale to food wholesalers and food retailers for re-sale to consumers without permit
  2. Procambarus zonangulus(White river crayfish)
    1. Pond aquaculture is prohibited but P. zonangulus may be possessed west of the Apalachicola River or imported for direct sale to food wholesalers and food retailers for re-sale to consumers without permit
  3. Cherax quadricarinatus (Australian red claw crayfish) (may be cultured in tank culture systems only)

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