Florida SB230 would label tegu lizards, two species of Lionfish, and the reptile species list below as “priority invasive species.” Listed species would require passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags before selling. The bill also defines “pet dealer” as a person selling more than 20 animals annually to the public. It allows initiation of a pilot program to hire private contractors for the purpose of catching the listed species and for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to identify “priority invasive species.”
A similar bill, HB587, has also been introduced.
The species below would also qualify as “Priority invasive species” as they are listed under Florida statute 379.372(2)(a):
1. Burmese or Indian python (Python molurus).
2. Reticulated python (Python reticulatus).
3. Northern African python (Python sebae).
4. Southern African python (Python natalensis).
5. Amethystine or scrub python (Morelia amethystinus).
6. Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus).
7. Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus).