Regulations for Nonnative, Conditional, and Prohibited Species
Changes have been made to Section 379.372, Florida Statutes, which regulates certain high-risk nonnative invasive reptiles in Florida, particularly those listed as Conditional, Prohibited, Venomous and Reptiles of Concern. The new laws go into effect July 1, 2020. Future possession of these species by eligible entities is now limited to the purposes of research, educational exhibition, control or eradication, and for qualifying commercial use and pet owners.
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.
The Florida Administrative Code and the Florida Statutes govern the importation and introduction of nonnative fish and wildlife:
- It is unlawful for any person to possess, transport or otherwise bring into the state or to release or introduce in the state any freshwater fish, aquatic invertebrate, marine plant, marine animal, or wild animal life that is not native to the state without a permit from the Commission, except fathead minnow, variable platy, coturnix quail, and ring-necked pheasant. (68-5.001, F.A.C.)
- It is unlawful to import into the state or place in any of the fresh waters of the state any freshwater fish of any species without having first obtained a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (379.28, F.S.)
- It is unlawful to import for sale or use, or to release within this state, any species of the animal kingdom not indigenous to Florida without having first obtained a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (379.231, F.S.)
- It is unlawful to import or possess any marine plant or marine animal, not indigenous to the state, which, due to the stimulating effect of the waters of the state on procreation, may endanger or infect the marine resources of the state or pose a human health hazard, except as provided in this section. (379.26, F.S.)
Rules concerning conditional and prohibited nonnative species are found in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. You can read more detailed information about the Florida Administrative Code at https://www.flrules.org/default.asp and the Florida Statutes at http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/.