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Provide Feedback on Proposed Invasive Species Rules

At the the FWC's July 2020 Commission meeting, Commissioners directed staff to publish draft rules in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C., addressing high-risk nonnative snake and lizard species. The proposed rules address possession, containment and reporting requirements of these species. The draft rules also provide limited exceptions to those members of the public that currently possess green iguanas or tegus as personal pets or for license holders with verified commercial sales business activities involving green iguanas or tegus.

From September to November 2020, the FWC will solicit stakeholder input on the draft language through online surveys and a public workshop series. The results of the survey will help identify topics, issues and alternatives to discuss during the workshop series.


Burmese python slithering in the grass

There are two surveys corresponding to two sets of changes to the rules: 

  • Possession and Eligibility -- Who is eligible for permits to own these snakes and lizards, and the activities permit holders may undertake.
  • Biosecurity, Containment, and Emergency Preparedness – Measures permit holders must take to ensure that listed snakes and lizards do not escape.

Each survey will ask you to first read and then rate individual sections and subsections of the draft rule changes proposed for Chapter 68-5, F.A.C, (the rules containing the new provisions regulating ownership and use of the specified reptiles), and should take about 20 minutes to complete.  The first two questions in each survey are required for completion.  After that, you may skip sections or subsections that do not apply to you or that are outside your area of interest.  You may also save your work and complete the survey at a later time.

The surveys will ask you to use the following scale:

  • 5 –  Completely support.  This is what I would do (more or less).
  • 4 –  Support.  This may not be what I would do, but I think it will work.
  • 3 –  I can live with it.
  • 2 –  Minor reservations.  I may be able to support or live with it, but I need more detail or clarification first.
  • 1 –  Cannot support as I currently understand it.

The surveys also ask you to briefly explain your ratings (especially 2s and 1s) and suggest constructive alternative approaches.

Submit General Comments

The FWC is interested in your feedback on the proposed rule changes.

Attend a Virtual Workshop

The FWC is hosting virtual workshops via zoom to hear feedback on the proposed draft rules.