New guidelines designed to guard Florida from high-risk, nonnative reptiles take impact April 29 and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fee (FWC) helps individuals who have pet inexperienced iguanas and tegus come into compliance.

As a part of the brand new guidelines, pet house owners could have 90 days from the efficient date to use for a no-cost allow and mark their pets with a Passive Built-in Transponder (PIT) tag, also referred to as a microchip. Working with quite a lot of companions, the FWC is holding Tag Your Reptile Day occasions all through the state to supply pet house owners a chance to have their pet inexperienced iguanas or tegus microchipped totally free. Workers can even be readily available to deal with questions in regards to the allow software course of.

“Simply as with cats and canine, microchipping your inexperienced iguana or tegu is without doubt one of the easiest and simplest methods to maintain them secure whereas additionally defending Florida’s native wildlife,” mentioned Kristen Sommers, chief of the FWC’s Wildlife Impacts Administration Part. “We’re holding Tag Your Reptile Days all through the state to assist pet house owners offset prices for microchipping.”

Thus far, the FWC has scheduled an occasion, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on June 19 at Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., in Tampa. Extra particulars together with attainable further dates will probably be added to the FWC web site at

The rule modifications to Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. take impact April 29 and particularly deal with 16 high-risk invasive reptiles together with pythons, tegus and inexperienced iguanas that pose a risk to Florida’s ecology, economic system and human well being and security.

The brand new guidelines additionally embrace reporting necessities for permittees, biosecurity necessities to restrict escape of those high-risk species, and extra language to make clear restricted exceptions for possession of inexperienced iguanas and tegus for business gross sales or as pets.

The 90-day grace interval ends July 28, and by that point all pet inexperienced iguanas and tegus should be completely microchipped and house owners should have utilized for a allow. All different entities should come into compliance with the brand new guidelines by July 28 as nicely, together with entities possessing the regulated species for analysis, academic exhibition or business sale. Moreover, entities with these species could have 180 days to come back into compliance with the brand new out of doors caging necessities. The 180-day grace interval for upgrading out of doors caging ends October 26.

Greater than 500 nonnative species have been reported in Florida. Roughly 80% of those species have been launched through the stay animal commerce with greater than 130 established in Florida, that means they’re reproducing within the wild. Since most nonnative fish and wildlife discover their method into Florida’s habitats by means of escape or launch from the stay animal commerce, you will need to create laws to forestall high-risk nonnative wildlife from turning into launched or additional established in Florida’s surroundings.

For detailed info on how these new guidelines will influence pet house owners, business sellers, exhibitors, trappers and different teams, or to be taught extra about upcoming Tag Your Reptile Day occasions, go to

Extra details about nonnative species in Florida may be discovered at


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