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Action Alert

Florida: Urge the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to Protect Native Wildlife and Reptiles!

This action is for Florida residents only.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering important rules that would protect Florida’s wildlife and non-native reptiles. Please send a comment to the FWC in support of the proposed rules today — and ask the FWC to prohibit the sale and export of iguanas and tegus outside of Florida in order to curb the cruel reptile “pet” industry.

Every year, the number of non-native reptiles in Florida increases — posing a serious threat to Florida wildlife. This increase is primarily caused by the reptile pet trade. The proposed rules address this problem by adding green iguanas and tegus to Florida’s Prohibited Species list, as well as recategorizing certain snakes and lizards as prohibited species. This change would not only benefit native wild animals, it would help prevent these reptiles from ending up in captivity.

Non-native wild animals can cause lasting damage to communities, infrastructure, and native ecosystems. Pythons have caused severe declines in small mammal populations in the Everglades. Tegus have been known to eat endangered gopher tortoises and are encroaching on the habitat of American crocodiles. Green iguanas eat their way through vegetation that native species need to survive.

Additionally, prohibiting the sale and export of iguanas and tegus would help reduce the sale of reptiles as pets. These animals belong in the wild, not cruelly confined in cages, crates, and other unnatural captive environments.

The FWC is accepting comments on this issue until December 15th.  Send a brief message and urge the Commission to protect Florida’s wildlife today.

Please edit the message before sending to personalize it. Unique comments carry more weight!

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