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More Information on Red-eared Sliders

Per Executive Order 20-19, red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) will continue to be regulated a Conditional species as described in section 68-5.004(3), F.A.C. 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. Entities with a valid Aquaculture Certificate of Registration for red-eared sliders will continue to be allowed to culture this species.

During the rule development process, regulation of this species will not change; however, the FWC is interested in obtaining feedback on the existing red-eared slider rule. If you would like to provide comment on this rule, you can submit your recommendations to FWC staff via our commenting form

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Red-eared sliders will continue to be regulated as described in section 68-5.004(3), F.A.C. until superseded by subsequent rule.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.

Though the statute changes do not impact people in possession of red-eared sliders now, the FWC will be working to clarify the rules related to red-eared sliders in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. in the future. Any recommendations related to red-eared slider rules may be submitted via our online form.

Entities with a valid Aquaculture Certificate of Registration for red-eared sliders will continue to be allowed to culture this species. The FWC will be working to clarify the rules related to red-eared sliders in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C.