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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission moves forward with proposed rules to help protect the state from 16 high-risk nonnative reptiles

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 11:26:12-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is moving forward with proposed rules to help protect the state from 16 high-risk nonnative reptiles including Burmese pythons, Nile monitors, green iguanas, and tegus.

The rules were presented at the FWC’s Commission Meeting in July 2020.

FWC staff have solicited public comment, held public workshops, and worked with stakeholders to improve the draft rules.

The proposed final rule language will be presented at the FWC’s Commission meeting today.

The Commission Meeting is open to the public and will be held virtually.

The meeting will be broadcast via Adobe Connect and the Florida Channel. Public comments will be accepted via comment form or mail in advance of the meeting, and via call-in number during the meeting.

The proposed final rule language and additional information on the Commission Meeting are available online here.