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Rules and Regulations

Captive Wildlife Regulations

  • 68-1.010, F.A.C. (General Regulations Relating to Licenses, Permits and Other Authorizations)
  • 68A-6.001, F.A.C. (Captive Wildlife Definitions)
  • 379.304, F.S. (Exhibition or sale of wildlife)
  • 379.372, F.S. (Capturing, keeping, possessing, transporting, or exhibiting venomous reptiles, reptiles of concern, conditional reptiles, or prohibited reptiles; license required)
  • 379.3711, F.S. (License fee for private game preserves and farms)
  • 379.3712, F.S. (Private hunting preserve license fees; exception)
  • 379.3761, F.S. (Exhibition or sale of wildlife; fees; classifications)
  • 379.3762, F.S. (Personal possession of wildlife)
  • 68A-6.017, F.A.C. (Possession and Exhibition of Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern)
  • 68A-6.0171, F.A.C. (Caging, Facility, and Transportation Requirements for Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern)
  • 68A-6.0172, F.A.C. (Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements for Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern)
  • 68A-6.0173, F.A.C. (Identification of Non-Native Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern)
  • 68A-6.018, F.A.C. (Injuries, Bites, and Escapes)
  • 68A-12.011, F.A.C. (Regulations Governing the Establishment and Operation of Game Farms)

Rule Development

The FWC abides by Ch. 120, Florida Statutes, when making rules. In doing so, we notify the public of rulemaking activity through the Florida Administrative Register. Rulemaking often includes direct contact with those who may be affected, extensive discussions with stakeholder groups, and public meetings to gather input from interested parties.

Final decisions on rules usually happen at Commission meetings, held 5 times a year in locations throughout the state. FWC provides public notice of various meetings through our website calendar. To receive email updates, please subscribe to the Captive Wildlife email list through GovDelivery.

Contact Information

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

Phone: (850) 488-6253
Mail: Captive Wildlife Office, 620 S Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399