New rules for reptile owners

Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 12:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at 12:52 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - New rules for owning some reptiles in Florida are in effect.

Anyone seeking to own a python, green anaconda or Nile monitor lizard is now required to get a permit and microchip. The reptiles must be caged. Owners have to answer questions about basic reptile care and have a "bite response plan." There's also an annual $100 fee.

A permit is also required for red-eared slider turtles. It's illegal to allow the turtles to reproduce, and all eggs must be destroyed.

More information about the reptile permits is available on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Web site,

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