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Florida changes rules on exotic pet ownership

Posted Sep 26 2008 3:21pm

Concerned with Florida residents illegally releasing their exotic reptiles back into the wild, the state has passed legislation to allow residents to give up their pets whenever they want. According to The Ledger,

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a statement Thursday that releasing exotic animals – such as iguanas and pythons – is a 'significant pathway for the introduction of nonnative species.' Plus, it's illegal.

Wildlife officials were most concerned with pythons being released into the wild because they do not have a natural predator, said spokeswoman Patricia Behnke.

These new rules should help to curb exotic pet owners releasing their reptiles into the Everglades, which has become a growing problem in recent years.

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