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Information on Trapping and Control Efforts

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A green iguana on a trail near a pond

Control and eradication of invasive species is a high priority for the FWC. The changes to 379.372, Florida Statutes allow wildlife trappers, land managers, and other entities that remove tegus or green iguanas or other nonnative reptiles from Florida’s environment to continue this important work on public and private lands. Qualifying entities may apply for a permit to possess and transport those animals for eradication and control purposes. Permits will only be issued for temporary possession and live transport to a location that allows for safe and humane killing of these captured invasive animals.

Under the new statute language, a permit will be required to possess green iguanas including those removed from private property. Nuisance wildlife control operators and trappers removing green iguanas or tegus and transporting them offsite to be killed humanely may apply for an eradication and control permit. A permit is already required for any live possession of Burmese pythons or any other Conditional species, regardless of the purpose. People engaging in eradication and control work, may apply for an eradication and control permit that will authorize the temporary possession and transport of live pythons for the purpose of humanely killing them. Breeding and importation of these species will not be authorized for eradication or control activities.

After July 1, 2020, green iguanas and tegus may only be sold by entities with a limited exception commercial use permit. Sellers who are not eligible for this limited exception permit will not be able to sell green iguanas or tegus after July 1, 2020 and any animals removed from the wild will need to be humanely killed. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wildlife trappers, land managers, and other entities that live trap and live transport tegus or green iguanas or other Conditional nonnative reptiles to eradicate or control these species may apply for a permit to possess and transport those animals. Permits will only be issued for temporary possession and live transport to a location that allows for safe and humane euthanasia of captured animals.

Permit Application Materials.

Yes. A permit is required for any live possession of Burmese pythons or any other Conditional species, as well as tegus and green iguanas, regardless of the purpose. If you are engaging in eradication and control work, you may apply for an eradication and control permit that will authorize the temporary possession and transport of live pythons for the purpose of humanely killing them.

A permit is not required to humanely kill pythons at the site of capture so long as you have landowner permission.

Permit application materials.

Yes. Under the new statute language and per Executive Order 20-19, a permit will be required to possess any live green iguanas including those removed from private property. Trappers removing green iguanas and transporting them offsite to be humanely killed may apply for an eradication and control permit.

Permit Application Materials.

Control and eradication of invasive species is a high priority for the FWC. The changes to statute language allow wildlife trappers, land managers, and other entities that remove live tegus or green iguanas or other nonnative reptiles from Florida’s environment to continue this important work on public and private lands. Qualifying entities may apply for a permit to possess and live transport those animals for eradication and control purposes. Eradication and control permits will only be issued for temporary live possession and live transport to a location that allows for safe and humane killing of these captured invasive animals.

Permit application materials

If you or your business are not a business that received a limited exception commercial use 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 qualify for 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, limited exception commercial use entities will not be permitted to sell to buyers in Florida.

No, a permit is only necessary if live transport of the animal is involved. If you are humanely killing the animal on-site on your own private property, a permit is not required.