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Important Dates For New Rules

Effective date for new rules: April 29, 2021

90-day grace period to apply for a permit, upgrade indoor caging, and have any qualifying animals PIT tagged ends: July 28, 2021

180-day grace period to upgrade outdoor caging requirements for Prohibited reptile species ends: October 26, 2021

Persons or businesses in possession of the newly listed Prohibited reptiles for commercial sale use have until July 28, 2021 to liquidate their inventory in Florida. These species may not be possessed for commercial sale purposes in Florida after July 28, 2021, except green iguanas or tegus possessed by qualifying entities under a limited exception commercial use permit.

To qualify as a commercial seller of green iguanas or tegus, a licensee must have had a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale (ESC) on June 30, 2020, and documented possession or planned possession of green iguanas or tegus on their 2018 or 2019 ESC application. Importation of the newly listed Prohibited reptiles is no longer allowed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Qualifying facilities may apply for a permit to possess tegus and/or green iguanas for commercial sales under the limited exception in 68-5.007. To qualify, a licensee must have had a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale (ESC) on June 30, 2020, and documented possession or planned possession of green iguanas or tegus on their 2018 or 2019 ESC application. If you did not qualify for this exception, you will have until July 28th, 2021 to liquidate your commercial stock.

No. Tegus and green iguanas may not be imported into Florida either domestically or internationally for commercial sale by commercial sellers with a limited exception commercial use permit.

Limited exception commercial sales permittees may continue breeding tegus and green iguanas until June 30, 2024. No breeding of these species may occur after June 30, 2024.

To qualify for a limited exception commercial sales permit, a licensee must have had a valid License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale (ESC) on June 30, 2020, and documented possession or planned possession of green iguanas or tegus on their 2018 or 2019 ESC application. If you believe you meet the qualifications for the limited exception commercial sales permit but have not been included in the list of qualifying entities, please reach out to our staff at NonnativePermitApps@MyFWC.com.

No. Under the new rules, green iguanas and tegus may not be bred or reared outdoors. Only green iguanas or tegus that have been marked with a PIT tag can be maintained in outdoor enclosures that meet the caging requirements in Rule 68-5.007, F.A.C.

Yes. Green iguanas and tegus that have been marked with a PIT tag may be maintained in outdoor enclosures that meet the new requirements in 68-5.007. Permitted entities will have until October 26, 2021 to bring any outdoor enclosures into compliance with the new caging rules.

Yes. Stricter caging and biosecurity measures have been put in 68-5.007 for indoor cages. Facilities will have until July 28, 2021 to come into compliance with the new requirements.

No. The following nonnative reptiles have not been allowed to be kept as pets in Florida since 2010:

Any entities authorized to keep these species for commercial sale prior to April 29, 2021 will no longer be able to conduct commercial sale activity with their animals. People in possession of these species for that use will have until July 28th, 2021 to liquidate their inventories. Commercial sale will not be authorized after July 28th, 2021.

Yes. Any entities with a limited exception commercial sales permit must PIT tag any green iguanas or tegus before they are sold.

All green iguanas and tegus over 5 inches in snout-to-vent length must be PIT tagged. Any juvenile tegus or green iguanas that are not PIT tagged may not be housed in outdoor enclosures. Prohibited reptiles may only be housed in outdoor enclosures if they have been marked with a PIT tag.

Yes. Entities with a valid limited exception commercial sales permit for tegus or green iguanas can sell tegus or green iguanas removed from the wild. Entities wishing to conduct this activity must also apply for an eradication or control permit

Yes. People in possession of these animals can sell or rehome the newly listed Prohibited species before April 29, 2021. If you are selling any nonnative wildlife, you must have an active license authorizing that activity. For tegus or green iguanas, a License to Possess Class III Wildlife for Exhibition or Public Sale (ESC) is required. For the constrictors and Nile monitors, a CSP for commercial import/export business use is required. After April 29, 2021, people in possession of these animals will have until July 28, 2021 to come into compliance with the new rules.

Eradication and control permit holders that also have a valid limited exception commercial sales permit may sell wild caught green iguanas and tegus to other limited exception commercial sales permittees for sale out of state. It is unlawful to buy, sell, or transfer any Prohibited species to or from any person or business that is not permitted to possess them.

If issued a permit to possess Prohibited species, FWC personnel may conduct scheduled or unannounced inspections of the permitted facility, including permitted pet owners’ homes and cages. Refusal to allow inspection may result in permit revocation.

We have additional information and FAQ pages set up for the following topics:

Invasive Reptile Rule Changes

Pet Owners

Researchers

Trappers

Exhibitors