Summary: An Executive Order has been issued (October 2, 2018) which will prohibit the importation into Florida of the species listed below. This moratorium is effective until replaced by a final rule.

Facilities conducting research or public exhibition may qualify for an importation permit. Workshops and an internet public survey should be announced soon. See the text below or view the complete document by clicking the link above.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of the State of Florida (FWC), acting under the authority of Article IV, Section 9, of the Florida Constitution, and acting through its Executive Director under Delegations of Authority Paragraph 17 and Paragraph 22, hereby prohibits the importation of certain species of wildlife due to the potential risk they pose to the State of Florida, as follows:

1. The following species are considered to be a risk to the ecology, economy or human health and safety in Florida:

a. Mongoose, meerkat (Atilax spp., Cynictis spp., Helogale spp., Herpestes spp., Ichneumia spp., Mungos spp., and Suricata spp.)
b. Indian wild dog (Cuon spp.)
c. Flying fox (Pteropus spp.)
d. Brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
e. Raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
f. Red whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
g. Red-billed quelea/dioch (Que/ea quelea)
h. Java sparrow (Padda {Lonchura} oryzivora)
i. Pink/rosy starling (Sturnus {Pastor} roseus)
J. Yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus)
k. Beni anaconda (Eunectes beniensis)
l. DeSchauensee’s anaconda (Eunectes deschauenseei)
m. Brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)

2. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C., no person shall import into the state the above species listed, except facilities that meet the permit requirements for the possession of prohibited species as described in 68-5.001(4), F.A.C may apply for an FWC Conditional/Prohibited/Nonnative Species Permit for importation into Florida.

3. All other provisions of Chapter 68-5, F.A.C., shall remain in full force and effect.

4. This order shall be effective upon execution and remain in effect until replaced by rule of the Commission.