Nonnative Wildlife Public Workshops
Draft Rules on Invasive Reptiles
The FWC is hosting online stakeholder workshops to present proposed rule changes and collect public comment. These proposed rules address the importation, breeding and possession of high-risk invasive reptiles including pythons, tegus and iguanas. There will be 10 total workshops covering two different topics.
Sign up for any of these virtual events on Eventbrite. Click on the date you'd like to attend to register.
Possession and Eligibiltiy:
- Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6-9 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 3, 12-3 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Biosecurity, containment and reporting workshops:
- Thursday, Oct. 1. 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 1, 6-9 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 10, 12-3 p.m.
Workshops on the same topic will cover exactly the same information. In order to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate, we ask each individual to only attend one workshop on each topic, and to only register for workshops that they plan to attend.
Zoom links will be posted on Eventbrite, and will be available on this page the day of the workshop.
Prior to the workshops, people are encouraged to take part in an online survey, which will help staff determine what topics to cover.
If you have comments related to these rules, please submit them using our online form.
Iguana Technical Assistance Workshops
The FWC is hosting Iguana Technical Assistance Public Workshops to help empower homeowners manage this nonnative species on their own property. Learn how you can discourage iguanas from your property and about legal trapping and removal options and regulations pertaining to iguanas. Biologists will provide information and answer questions during these workshops.
There are currently no Iguana Technical Assistance Workshops scheduled at this time.
For more information about the Iguana Technical Assistance Workshops, please call the FWC's Exotic Species Hotline at at 888-Ive-Got1 (483-4681).
Python Patrol Training
Python Patrol is a no-cost training program that aims to create a network of trained individuals throughout south Florida who know how to identify Burmese pythons, report sightings, and in some cases, capture and humanely kill the snakes. Two types of training workshops, Python Patrol and Reptile Identification, are offered throughout south and southwest Florida.
For more information on this program and upcoming trainings, visit the Python Patrol page!