Deadline To Tag Your Non-Native Reptile In Florida Is July 28

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Deadline To Tag Your Non-Native Reptile In Florida Is July 28

The University of Florida, in conjunction with the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold free Passive Integrated Transponder ta

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The University of Florida, in conjunction with the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold free Passive Integrated Transponder tagging days for your green iguana or tegu (and other non-native reptiles) to help owners to comply with the July 28 deadline to tag your reptiles. FWC staff will also provide information for the required permits to keep the non-native species.

The cost of the microchipping is free and the FWC will hold events with zoos and veterinarians to give owners of 16 different non-native reptiles a chance to microchip up0 to five reptiles on any of the single day events. Tegus and green iguanas must be in a carrier and must wear a lash or harness to prevent them from escaping.

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The FWC and the University of Florida will hold the PTI events at the following locations:

  • June 5 Brevard Zoo
  • June 12 UF College of Veterinary Medicine
  • June 19 Zoo Tampa
  • June 26 South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
  • July 11 Lee County Domestic Animal Services

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted February 25 to ban the commercial breeding and keeping of several invasive species of reptiles in the state, including tegus, iguanas, and several python species.

FWC RULE CHANGES
The rules eliminated commercial breeding and pet ownership of 16 non-native reptiles.

AFFECTED SPECIES
Burmese python (Python bivittatus)
Reticulated python (Python reticulatus)
Scrub python (Morelia amethistina)
Northern African python (Python sebae)
Southern African Python (Python natalensis)
Amethystine python (Morelia amethistina)
Green anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
Nile monitor lizard (Varanus niloticus)
Tegus (all species) (Salvator sp.)
Green iguana (Iguana iguana)

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For more information, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Tag Your Reptile Day web page.