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Information for Reptile Industry Professionals

Commercial Use of Conditional Reptiles

Burmese python slithering in the grass

The changes to statute 379.372, Florida Statutes limit possession, importation and breeding of all nonnative reptile species currently listed as Conditional. Effective July 1, 2020, only permitted facilities engaged in educational exhibition, research, eradication or control activities can obtain or possess these animals. Also, beginning July 1, 2020, the below species cannot be imported, possessed, bred or sold for commercial sales per Executive Order 20-19. Licenses for commercial activities will no longer be issued as of July 1, 2020 for the below species listed:

  • Burmese or Indian python (Python molurus)
  • Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)
  • Northern African python (Python sebae)
  • Southern African Python (Python natalensis)
  • Amethystine python (Morelia amenthystinus)
  • Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)
  • Green anaconda (Eunectues murinus)
  • Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)

In the new statute language, limited exceptions for commercial sales have only been included for commercial sellers of green iguanas and tegus. The language does not apply to any of the currently listed Conditional reptiles. Importation and breeding for commercial use are no longer allowed as of July 1, 2020.  Currently licensed entities with a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale (ESC license) for Conditional reptiles will have until 90 days after final rule making by the Commission to come into compliance. The FWC established Executive Order 20-19, effective July 1, 2020, to clarify how these changes will be implemented until final rules are approved by the Commission.

People in possession of Conditional reptiles for commercial use can begin to sell them out of state before the statute changes become effective on July 1, 2020. People selling nonnative wildlife, must have a valid ESC license authorizing the sale of Conditional reptiles. Any sales to out-of-state entities must be conducted in compliance with any applicable federal or state rules. If the buyer is in another state, the recipient state may have regulations or permitting requirements that apply to these species. Some of the species are also regulated federally through mechanisms like the Lacey Act (Injurious Wildlife) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Any federal requirements still apply to these species.

Commercial Use of Tegus and Green Iguanas

The changes to 379.372, Florida Statutes add tegus (all species of genera Salvator and Tupinambis) and green iguanas (Iguana iguana) to the list of regulated species. The new statute language does not allow for importation, possession or breeding for commercial sales of tegus or iguanas effective July 1, 2020. However, sellers that had a valid ESC license on January 1, 2020, with a documented inventory of green iguanas or tegus on their 2019 ESC license application may apply for a limited exception commercial use permit.

Am I Eligible?

View our list of eligible individuals and entities.

A small hatchling tegu held in the hand of a biologist

Eligible entities must apply for this Commercial Use of Tegus and Green Iguanas Permit.

This permit allows these qualifying entities to continue to exhibit, sell, or breed green iguanas or tegus commercially for as long as the license remains active. Such status is void upon any license transfer or lapse. Limited exception permit holders may only sell green iguanas or tegus outside of Florida and may not import the species into this state. These sellers will continue to be allowed to remove green iguanas or tegus from wild Florida populations for sale to buyers outside of Florida. They will not be permitted to sell to buyers in Florida.

Any commercial sellers that do not meet the limited exception criteria (either by not indicating green iguanas or tegus at all or indicating “P” for “planned to possess” but did not actually have any animals in their 2019 application ESC inventory) will not be eligible for limited exception commercial use. Sellers not eligible for the limited exception permit have until 90 days after final Commission rule changes become effective to come into compliance. People in possession of tegus and green iguanas for commercial use can begin to sell them out of state or rehome them through the FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program before the statute changes become effective on July 1, 2020. Captive breeding of these species after July 1 is prohibited unless you meet the limited exception criteria for commercial use and receive a permit. The FWC established Executive Order 20-19, effective July 1, 2020, to clarify how these changes will be implemented until final rules are approved by the Commission.

People selling nonnative wildlife, must have a valid ESC license authorizing the sale of Class III reptiles. Any sales to out-of-state entities must be conducted in compliance with any applicable federal or state rules. If the buyer is in another state, the recipient state may have regulations or permitting requirements that apply to these species. Some of the species are also regulated federally through mechanisms like the Lacey Act (Injurious Wildlife) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Any federal requirements still apply to these species.

FAQ: Commercial Sales of Conditional Reptiles

Yes. The changes in statute disallowing possession and breeding for commercial sales will apply to the species currently listed as Conditional reptiles including:

  • Indian or Burmese python (Python molurus)
  • Reticulated python (Python reticulatus )
  • Northern African python (Python sebae)
  • Southern African python (Python natalensis)
  • Amethystine python (Morelia amethistinus)
  • Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)
  • Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
  • Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus)

In the new statute language, exceptions were provided only for commercial sellers of green iguanas and tegus. That language does not apply to any of the currently listed Conditional reptiles. Licenses for commercial sales of Conditional snakes and lizards will no longer be issued as of July 1, 2020.  Currently licensed facilities that have Conditional snakes or lizards in their inventory have until 90 days after final Commission rule changes become effective to come into compliance by selling their inventory out of state. No breeding of these species is allowed after July 1, 2020.

The changes in statute limit possession, importation and breeding of all nonnative snakes and lizard species currently listed as Conditional to permitted facilities engaged in educational exhibition, research, eradication or control activities. Effective July 1, 2020, the below species cannot be imported, possessed, bred or sold for commercial sales per Executive Order 20-19. Licenses for commercial activities will no longer be issued as of July 1, 2020 for the below species:

  • Burmese or Indian python (Python molurus)
  • Reticulated python (Python reticulatus)
  • Northern African python (Python sebae)
  • Southern African python (Python natalensis)
  • Amethystine python (Morelia amenthystinus)
  • Scrub python (Morelia kinghorni)
  • Green anaconda (Eunectues murinus)
  • Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus)

In the new statute language, limited exception provisions for commercial sales has only been included for commercial sellers of green iguanas and tegus. That language does not apply to any of the currently listed Conditional reptiles. Importation and breeding for commercial use are no longer allowed as of July 1, 2020. Currently licensed entities with a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale for Conditional reptiles will have until 90 days after final rule making by the Commission to come into compliance. 

People in possession of Conditional snakes and lizards can begin to sell or rehome these newly listed species before the statute changes become effective on July 1, 2020. If you are selling nonnative wildlife, you must have a valid ESC license authorizing the sale of Class III reptiles. Any sales to out-of-state entities must be conducted in compliance with any applicable federal or state rules. If the buyer is in another state, the recipient state may have regulations or permitting requirements that apply to these species. Some of the species are also regulated federally through mechanisms like the Lacey Act (Injurious Wildlife) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Any federal requirements still apply to these species.

Unwanted Conditional reptiles will also be accepted through the FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program where staff will work to find them homes with qualified adopters. There are no costs and no penalties associated with this program.

No. Red-eared sliders will continue to be regulated as described in section 68-5.004(3), F.A.C. until superseded by subsequent rule. The additional provisions for red-eared sliders in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C., will not be changed by the new statute language. Under those rules, red-eared sliders may continue to be possessed by permitted entities for personal use, educational exhibition, commercial sale, and research use, or by certified aquaculture facilities.

Breeding of Conditional snakes and lizards for commercial use is no longer allowed as of July 1, 2020.  Entities with a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale for Conditional reptiles will have until 90 days after final Commission rule changes become effective to come into compliance.

FAQ: Commercial Use of Tegus and Green Iguanas

The changes in statute add tegus (all species within the genera Salvator and Tupinambis) and green iguanas (Iguana iguana) to the list of regulated species. The new statute language does not allow for possession or breeding for commercial sales of tegus or iguanas effective July 1, 2020. The statute includes limited exceptions for commercial sellers that had a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale (ESC) on January 1, 2020, and a documented inventory of green iguanas or tegus on their 2019 ESC license application. Any licensed commercial sellers that meet these criteria may apply for a limited exception commercial use permit. Per the new statute language and Executive Order 20-19, authorized commercial sellers may only sell green iguanas or tegus to out-of-state buyers and may not import these species.

Any commercial sellers that do not meet the limited exception criteria (either by not indicating green iguanas or tegus at all or indicating “P” for “planned to possess” but did not actually have any animals in their inventory) will not be eligible for commercial use. Any sellers not granted authorization for commercial use and have green iguanas or tegus in their current inventory have until 90 days after final Commission rule changes become effective to come into compliance.  Commercial sales of these species will not be allowed after July 1, 2020, except by eligible entities that obtain a limited exception commercial use permit for tegus and iguanas and maintain a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale.

Authorized commercial sellers will continue to be allowed to remove green iguanas or tegus from wild populations for sale to buyers outside of Florida. They will not be permitted to sell to buyers in Florida.

A list of qualified commercial sellers is available on our website.

For people who do not qualify for the limited exception commercial use permit, no new green iguanas or tegus may be acquired as of July 1, 2020. Currently licensed commercial sellers can sell their inventory to out-of-state entities or surrender unwanted animals to the FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program where staff will work to find them homes with qualified adopters. Currently licensed entities with a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale for tegus or green iguanas will have until 90 days after final Commission rule changes become effective to come into compliance

Any sales to out-of-state entities must be conducted in compliance with any applicable federal or state rules. Recipient states may have regulations or permitting requirements that apply to these species. Some of the species are also regulated federally through mechanisms like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Any federal requirements still apply to these species.

Currently licensed facilities that have these species in their inventory have until 90 days after final Commission rule changes become effective to come into compliance

If you or your business do not have a limited exception commercial use Conditional/Prohibited/Nonnative Species Permit, you will not be able to sell green iguanas or tegus after July 1, 2020 and any tegus or green iguanas removed from the wild will need to be humanely killed.

Entities and individuals that receive a limited exception commercial use permit may continue to sell green iguanas and tegus from wild populations for sale to buyers outside of Florida. Per the new statute language and Executive Order 20-19, qualified commercial use entities will not be permitted to sell to buyers in Florida.

More information for invasive reptile trappers and other Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators.