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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.

Have a pet green iguana or tegu? 

People in possession of green iguanas or tegus as personal pets prior to April 29, 2021 may apply for a free Prohibited Species for Personal Use permit to maintain that pet for the life of the animal. Only animals possessed prior to April 29, 2021 are eligible to be permitted for personal possession. Owners of any animals kept under this permit are responsible for making sure their pets are marked with a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag. No new pets of these species may be acquired after the rules take effect. Prohibited pet permits are valid for one year and can be renewed annually.

Have a pet green iguana or tegu?

You can keep your pet. Apply for a free permit.

Need a PIT tag?

Get a free PIT tag (microchip) for pet green iguanas and tegus at an FWC event.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

People who have a pet green iguana or tegu should apply for a no-cost Prohibited species for personal use permit. These animals must be marked with a PIT tag and kept in appropriate caging to limit escapes. Pet owners will have until July 28, 2021 to come into compliance with the new rules, except for caging requirements where they will have until October 26, 2021 to improve outdoor enclosures to bring them into compliance.

Permit applications will be accepted until the end of the grace period, which ends July 28, 2021. All permits submitted to the FWC will be reviewed. 

People in current possession of any of the newly listed species as personal pets can apply for a no-cost Prohibited species for personal use permit. Permits will only be issued for animals possessed prior to April 29, 2021, for the life of those animals. No new animals can be acquired with this type of permit. Any pets must be marked with a PIT tag by July 28, 2021.

Owners may take their pets to a veterinarian of their choice to have their animals PIT tagged at regular cost for veterinary services.

The FWC can help find a home for exotic pets that people can no longer care for through the Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. Animals can be surrendered to the FWC’s program throughout the year by calling our Exotic Species Hotline (1-888-Ive-Got1 or 1-888-483-4681) or by emailing PetAmnesty@MyFWC.com. Animals may be surrendered with no cost or penalty for the owner. Surrendered animals are placed with pre-approved adopters

If an individual is in possession of a Prohibited species after the 90-day grace period has ended on July 28th, 2021 and has not obtained a permit for the Prohibited species in question, the individual will be in violation of the new rule.

There is no limit on how many Prohibited species pets you may be permitted for. However, only animals possessed prior to April 29, 2021 may qualify. No new pets of these species may be obtained after April 29, 2021.

No. Only animals possessed prior to April 29, 2021 qualify for this permit. No new pets of these species may be obtained after April 29, 2021.

People in current possession of the newly listed Prohibited species will have until July 28, 2021 to apply for their Prohibited species for personal use permit. You can apply for this permit now.

If you submit your complete and accurate permit application to the FWC before the end of the 90-day grace period, you will be considered compliant.

Yes. You can get year-round assistance finding home for any unwanted exotic pets through the FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. Surrendered pets are placed with pre-approved adopters at no cost or penalty to the owner.

Yes. The rule changes do not affect existing licensees with a valid License to Possess Venomous Reptiles or Reptiles of Concern (VRC) from the Captive Wildlife Office with a Reptile of Concern possessed prior to 2010. Licensees should continue to maintain that license for their Reptile of Concern. No new VRC licenses will be issued for pet Reptiles of Concern obtained after 2010.

If you have one of these animals as a pet, you will need to obtain a free Prohibited species for personal use permit and permanently mark the animal with a PIT tag by July 28, 2021. Applicants will need to submit a completed application form and Critical Incident/Disaster Plan.

Additional information on nonnative species permits

If issued a permit to possess Prohibited species, FWC personnel may conduct scheduled or unannounced inspections of the permitted location where the animal(s) is being held.

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

Invasive Reptile Rule Changes

Commercial Sellers

Researchers

Trappers

Exhibitors