USARK: Florida “New” Reptiles of Concern

Feb 26, 2019
USARK
by Editor in Chief

USARK - Florida Senate bill 1236 (S1236) seeks to add the Argentine black and white tegu (Salvator merianae) and green iguana (Iguana iguana) as “reptiles of concern.” This term is dated and no longer used by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Two categories, conditional and prohibited, are now used. While worded differently, this bill would have Argentine black and white tegus and green iguanas listed as either conditional or prohibited.

Oddly, S1236 also includes a ban on pet leasing. Three other Florida bills also address this issue (H379, S316, and S774). It is possible that the reptile species listings language could be removed from the bill. The pet leasing ban may be the ultimate plan for this bill.

Click the big green arrow below to learn more and to find out how to contact Senator Gary Farmer to make him aware of FWC’s authority regarding reptiles.

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