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Captive Wildlife

The FWC Captive Wildlife Office currently has rules under review in an effort to increase public safety, animal welfare, and consistency of our rules. We welcome comments in regards to these rule topics and encourage submission of comments through the rulemaking comments form. Draft language of rules under review can be found on the public comments page.

The Captive Wildlife Office within FWC is primarily responsible for regulating the possession of wildlife in captivity in Florida. The Captive Wildlife Office issues licenses and permits for the possession, sale, and exhibition of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. A permit or license is required to possess, sell, or exhibit wildlife in most cases.

The Captive Wildlife Office regulates both native and nonnative mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. ‘Wildlife’ as referenced on this page only refers to mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. All other classes of animals (fish, insects, arachnids, invertebrates, etc.) are not regulated by the Captive Wildlife Office and possession of such animals is not authorized under any Captive Wildlife license or permit. The Captive Wildlife Office does not regulate species designated as Conditional or Prohibited. The Captive Wildlife Office does not regulate native species designated as Endangered or Threatened in Florida. 

Please use the links below for Captive Wildlife FAQs, updates and announcements, information regarding Captive Wildlife rules and regulations, and information specifically for current licensees/renewal applicants.

Please use the links below to learn more about each category of wildlife that is regulated by the Captive Wildlife Office or other sections within FWC.

Categories of Wildlife

Please use the links below to learn more about the licenses or permits required for different activities involving captive wildlife.

Activities Requiring a License or Permit

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Captive Wildlife Office.

Phone: (850) 488-6253
Email: CWApps@myFWC.com
Mail: Captive Wildlife Office, 620 S Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399