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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.

Removing high-risk nonnative fish and wildlife species from the environment is a high priority for the FWC. The new eradication and control permit will authorize live transport of captured Prohibited species to off-site facilities for the purpose of humanely killing these animals discretely. You do not need an eradication and control permit if trapped Prohibited species are killed on site. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Eradication and control activities are defined as targeted, systematic efforts to remove an entire population of a nonnative species or to contain or otherwise manage the population of an invasive species to minimize its spread and impacts.

No. Permits are only required for trapping and removal efforts that involve live possession or transport of Prohibited species or projects involving telemetry. If trapped or captured Prohibited species are humanely killed where captured, no permit is required.

Members of the public may still humanely kill nonnative reptiles at the site of capture using any lawful methods and with landowner permission on private property or on 25 FWC managed areas in south Florida.

All nonnative species removed under an eradication and control permit must be humanely killed unless the permittee also has a valid permit to sell live green iguanas or tegus. Commercial sale permits are only issued to entities that qualify for the limited exception in Rule 68-5.007(4).

No. All Prohibited species eggs encountered during eradication and control work must be destroyed in the field and cannot be removed intact from the nest location.

If you are an entity engaged in eradication or control work, you must apply for a free eradication and control permit

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

Invasive Reptile Rule Changes

Pet Owners

Commercial Sellers

Researchers

Exhibitors