UPDATE 2/21/19: The Commissioners voted to list the yellow anaconda as a prohibited species. Current owners must register their animals with FWC to have their ownership grandfathered. Prohibited species may only be possessed or imported into the state for research or qualifying public exhibit.
You can find the full regulation at www.flrules.org/gateway/chapterhome.asp?chapter=68-5.
Per the regulation, "No person shall import into the state, sell, possess, or transport any live specimens of the species, or hybrids or eggs thereof, listed in rule 68-5.006, F.A.C., except by Conditional/Prohibited/Nonnative Species permit..."
Florida update: Comment deadline is 2/5/2019.
A 21-day comment period has opened regarding the most recent proposal from FWC. This will likely be an agenda item at the February Commission meeting. The main change is the addition of the below species as prohibited:
(2) Non-native mammals: – African giant pouched rats (Genus Cricetomys, all species).
(a) African giant pouched rats (Genus Cricetomys, all species).
(b) Brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula).
(c) Dhole (Genus Cuon, all species).
(d) Flying foxes (Genus Pteropus, all species).
(e)Mongoose, meerkats (Genera Atilax, Cynictis, Helogale, Herpestes, Ichneumia, Mungos, and Suricata, all species).
(f) Raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides).
(4) Non-native reptiles:
(a) Yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus).
(b) Beni anaconda (Eunectes beniensis).
(c) DeSchauensee’s anaconda (Eunectes deschauenseei).
(d) Brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis).
(5) Non-native birds:
(a) Dioch (Quelea quelea).
(b) Java sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora).
(c) Pink starling (Pastor roseus).
(d) Red-whiskered bul-bul (Pycnonotus jocosus).
Please note that definitions presented only apply to this rule and not the entirety of the captive wildlife regulations.
LINK to the proposal which includes a link to comment at the bottom. Click www.flrules.org/gateway/
DATE AND TIME: Commission meeting on February 20 and 21 at 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.
PLACE: Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 NW 97th Boulevard, Gainesville, Florida 32606
Yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus): If FWC is going to regulate yellow anacondas, they should be placed upon the conditional species list with other nonnative constrictor snakes, not prohibited. This is an extensive regulation and private keepers must abide by the same rules as zoos. Listing this species as prohibited is overreaching.
The yellow anaconda should, at most, be listed as a conditional species. Jumping to prohibited will yield unintended consequences and is rather baseless when they could be grouped with similar species as conditional.
Beni anaconda, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, and brown tree snakes are not found in trade so their listing will not impact herpetoculturists.