Draft rule changes were approved to existing venomous reptile regulations at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission earlier this month.
Public safety was the driving force behind the change.
“Public safety is our No. 1 priority when it comes to venomous reptiles and their lawful possession,” said Robert Klepper, a public information officer for the law enforcement division of the FWC.
The rules will strengthen biosecurity requirements by requiring more secure enclosures, which in turn minimizes the risk of escapes.
“These new rules go a long way toward safeguarding the public and natural environment,” FWC Commission Chairman Brian Yablonski said. “The venomous reptile owners that we’ve heard from have impressed me with their knowledge and willingness to work with our staff to come up with common- sense actions that can be put into place for the safety of the public.”
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