Support Florida S.B. 906 and H.R. 1415 to prohibit green iguanas and black and white tegus!
Florida is facing a native species extinction crisis.
More than 100 non-native animal species now live in the wild in Florida. Some of them are eating their way through the state. These invasive species are changing Florida's delicate ecosystem by competing with the native wildlife for food and habitat. Alligators, the state's quintessential animal, now fights for food, habitat, and even their lives with Burmese pythons, snakes native to Southeast Asia.
But Burmese pythons are not the only invasive species. The state currently prohibits six other species of reptiles. Bills S.B. 906 and H.R. 1415 will add green iguanas and black and white tegus to the list of prohibited species.
Imported into Florida for the "exotic" pet industry, irresponsible pet owners release green iguanas and black and white tegus into the wild when the animals become too large or too expensive. Both species reproduce in large numbers, and both species present a threat to native wild animals.
Invasive species are the second leading cause of animal population decline and extinction worldwide. They have contributed directly to the decline of 42% of threatened and endangered species in the United States.
Invasive species cost the United States an estimated $120 billion each year to detect, collect, and remove. Some estimates reflect that Floridians spends more than $500 million dollars a year trying to control invasive species.
What Florida S.B. 906 and H.R. 1415 will do
- Add green iguanas and black and white tegus to the list of invasive species prohibited for breeding, selling, importing, trading or possessing in Florida
- Save countless green iguanas and black and white tegus from the so-called "exotic" pet trade
- Protect Florida's wildlife from these invasive species
Support Florida S.B. 906 and H.R. 1415
Help protect Florida's wildlife from invasive species and save innocent reptiles from the so-called "exotic" pet trade.