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West’s Florida Administrative Code. Title 68. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Subtitle 68A. Freshwater Fish and Wildlife. Chapter 68A-6. Wildlife as Personal Pets



Country of Origin: United States

Agency of Origin: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

National Citation: 68 FL ADC 68A-6.0011 - 6.0072

Fla. Admin. Code r. 68A-6.0011 - 6.0072


Last checked by Web Center Staff: 09/2013


Summary:  

This chapter of the Fish and Wildlife Code identifies three categories of captive wild animals (Class I, Class II, and Class III) and includes permit requirements for the possession of listed animals and sets minimum standards for the maintenance and transportation of the same.


Material in Full:

68A-6.0011. Possession of Wildlife in Captivity; Permit Requirements.

68A-6.002. Categories of Captive Wildlife.

68A-6.0021. Possession or Transfer of Class I Wildlife as Personal Use Wildlife.

68A-6.0022. Possession of Class I, II, or III Wildlife in Captivity: Permit Requirements.

68A-6.0023. General Regulations Governing Possession of Captive Wildlife; Public Contact; Transfer of Wildlife and Record Keeping Requirements.

68A-6.0024. Commercialization of Wildlife; Bonding or Financial Responsibility Guarantee.

68A-6.0025. Sanctuaries; Retired Performing Wildlife and Identification.

68A-6.003. Facility and Structural Caging Requirement for Class I, II and III Wildlife.

68A-6.004. Standard Caging Requirements for Captive Wildlife.

68A-6.0041. Exceptions to Standard Caging Requirements for Captive Wildlife.

68A-6.0042. Elephant Rides.

68A-6.005. Transportation Requirements for Wildlife; Caging Requirements for Performing and Non-Performing Animals.

68A-6.006. Dealing in Exotic or Pet Birds: Records.

68A-6.007. Possession, Transportation, Exhibition and Caging Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern.

68A-6.0071. Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements.

 

 

68A-6.0011. Possession of Wildlife in Captivity; Permit Requirements.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this Title, no person shall possess any native or non-native wildlife in captivity except as authorized by permit issued in accordance with Section 379.3761 or 379.3762, F.S., and as provided in this chapter.

(2) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to entities operating solely as research facilities, which are registered and regulated as such in accordance with Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131, et. seq.) and regulations promulgated thereunder, provided the following requirements are met:

(a) Such facilities must maintain on premises a detailed research proposal which shall state with particularity the research objectives, methodology, and study duration, and outline planned safegaurds to assure proper containment of the wildlife. Maintain an annual record of progress toward the research project objectives. Such research proposal and record of progress shall be available for inspection upon request of Commission personnel.

(b) Such facilities housing wildlife must maintain such wildlife in cages or enclosures which meet the structural requirements as specified in Rule 68A-6.003, F.A.C.

(3) The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to persons possessing the following non-native wildlife species exclusively for the purpose of production of meat, skins or hides, feathers or progeny thereof, and not for personal possession or public display or exhibition:

(a) Ostrich

(b) Cassowary

(c) Rhea

(d) Emu

(e) Bison

Adopted June 21, 1982; Amended July 5, 1984; Transferred from 39-6.011; Amended June 1, 1986, May 10, 1987, Apr. 13, 1988, Dec. 19, 1989, July 1, 1990, Apr. 20, 1993; Transferred from 39-6.0011; Amended Aug. 27, 2009.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const.......... Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.3761, 379.3762 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.002. Categories of Captive Wildlife.

(1) The Commission hereby establishes the following categories of wildlife including their taxonomic sucessors and subspecies thereof:

(a) Class I:

1. Chimpanzees (genus Pan)

2. Gorillas (genus Gorilla)

3. Gibbons and Siamangs (family Hylobatidae)

4. Drills and mandrills (genus Mandrillus)

5. Orangutans (genus Pongo)

6. Baboons (genus Papio)

7. Gelada baboons (genus Theropithecus)

8. Snow leopards (Panthera uncia)

9. Leopards (Panthera pardus)

10. Jaguars (Panthera onca)

11. Tigers (Panthera tigris)

12. Lions (Panthera leo)

13. Bears (family Ursidae)

14. Rhinoceros (family Rhinocerotidae)

15. Elephants (family Elephantidae)

16. Hippopotamuses (family Hippopotamidae)

17. Cape buffalos and Gaur (family Bovidae)

18. Crocodiles (except dwarf and Congo) (family Crocodylidae)

19. Gavials (family Gavialidae)

20. Black caimans (Melanosuchus niger)

21. Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis)

22. Hyenas and Aardwolf (family Hyaenidae)

23. Cougars, panthers (Puma concolor)

24. Cheetahs (Acinonyx jabatus)

(b) Class II:

1. Howler monkeys (genus Alouatta)

2. Uakaris (genus Cacajao)

3. Mangabeys (genus Cercocebus)

4. Guenons (genus Cercopithecus)

5. Patas monkeys (genus Erythrocebus)

6. Vervet, Grivet or Green monkeys (genus Chlorocebus)

7. Sakis (genus Chiropotes and Pithecea)

8. Guereza monkeys (genus Colobus)

9. Idris (genus Indri)

10. Macaques and Celebes black apes (genus Macaca)

11. Langurs (genus Presbytis)

12. Douc langurs (genus Pygathrix)

13. Snub-nosed langurs (genus Phinopithecus)

14. Proboscis monkeys (genus Nasalis)

15. Servals (Leptailurus serval)

16. European and Canadian lynx (Lynx lynx)

17. Bobcats (Lynx rufus)

18. Caracals (Caracal caracal)

19. African golden cats (Profelis aurata)

20. Temminck's golden cats (Profelis temmincki)

21. Fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrina)

22. Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis)

23. Clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa)

24. Wolves, coyotes, jackals (family Canidae)

25. Indian dholes (Cuon alpinus)

26. African hunting dogs (Lycaon pictus)

27. Wolverines (Gulo gulo)

28. Honey badgers (Mellivora capensis)

29. American badgers (Taxides taxus)

30. Old World badgers (Meles meles)

31. Binturongs (Arctictis binturong)

32. Dwarf crocodiles (Osteolaemus tetraspis)

33. Alligators, caimans (family Alligatoridae)

34. Ostrich (Struthio camelus)

35. Cassowary (Casuarius spp.)

36. Giraffe and Okapi (family Giraffidae)

37. Tapir (family Tapiridae)

38. Wild cattle; forest, woodland and aridland antelope; and similar species of non-native hoofstock (family Bovidae)

Such non-native hoofstock to include: Forest buffalo, Banteng, Anoa, Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Nilgai, Bongo, lechwe, Roan and Sable antelope, Sitatunga, Bontebok, Blesbok, Topi, Kob, Addax, Oryx, Gemsbok, and other wild species of the family Bovidae which are of similar size, habits and nature.

(c) Class III: All other wildlife not listed herein, except those for which a permit is not required pursuant to Rule 68A-6.0022, F.A.C.

(d) Hybrids resulting from the cross between wildlife and domestic animal, which are substantially similar in size, characteristics and behavior so as to be indistinguishable from the wild animal shall be regulated as wildlife at the higher and more restricted class of the wild parent.

(2) Except as provided in Rule 68A-6.0021, F.A.C., Class I wildlife shall not be possessed for personal use.

(3) Persons possessing any captive wildlife for purposes of public display or sale shall obtain a permit as specified in Section 379.3761, F.S.

(4) Persons possessing Class II wildlife as personal use wildlife shall purchase a permit as provided in Section 379.3762, F.S.

(5) Persons possessing Class III wildlife as personal use wildlife shall obtain a no-cost permit from the Executive Director.

(6) Fox, skunks, bats, raccoons, or white tail deer taken from the wild shall not be possessed as personal use wildlife and shall be possessed only in accordance with permits issued under Rules 68A-9.002, 68A-9.006, F.A.C., or Section 379.3761, F.S.

Adopted Aug. 1, 1979; Amended Dec. 3, 1979, June 4, 1981, June 21, 1982; Transferred from 39-6.02; Amended June 1, 1986, July 1, 1990, July 1, 1992, Sept. 15, 1996; Transferred from 39-6.002; Amended Aug. 27, 2009.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.3761 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0021. Possession or Transfer of Class I Wildlife as Personal Use Wildlife.

(1) Any Class I wildlife possessed for personal use on August 1, 1980, shall be eligible for a permit in accordance with the provisions for Class II wildlife. Any Class II wildlife possessed as personal use wildlife in accordance with Section 379.3762, F.S., that is uplisted to Class I upon the effective date of Rule 68A-6.002, F.A.C., shall be eligible for a permit in accordance with the provisions of Class II wildlife. No other Class I wildlife shall be transferred or kept for personal use.

(a) All Class I wildlife possessed for personal use in accordance with the provisions for Class II Wildlife, shall be permanently identified by means of tattoo, brand, passive integrated transponder (PIT tag), photographic identification, or other method that clearly and permanently identifies that particular specimen so as to be distinguished from other specimens of the same species.

1. For photographic identification the photograph of the specimen must include sufficient distinguishing characteristics (marks, scars, and patterns, etc.) to enable that particular specimen to be distinguished from other specimens of the same species.

2. Record of identification including PIT tag numbers where applicable, along with information about the specimen being identified (species, method of identification, specimen name or number, gender and age) must be maintained in the possessors records for as long as the specimen is possessed. Such records shall be made available for inspection, upon request, of commission personnel. A copy of such record shall be provided to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, upon annual renewal of the license issued in accordance with Section 379.3761, F.S., and authorizing possession of such wildlife.

(b) Effective Date: All permanent identification requirements in this rule shall not take effect until January 1, 2010.

(2) Persons possessing Class I wildlife for personal use shall comply with all provisions of this chapter relating to the personal use of wildlife.

Adopted June 21, 1982; Transferred from 39-6.021; Amended June 1, 1986, Apr. 11, 1990; Transferred from 39-6.0021; Amended Aug. 27, 2009.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. FS. Law Implemented 379.3711, 379.372, 379.3761, 379.3762 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0022. Possession of Class I, II, or III Wildlife in Captivity: Permit Requirements.

(1) Permits to possess wildlife in captivity, issued pursuant to Section 379.3761 or 379.3762, F.S., and the provisions of this chapter, shall authorize the keeping of captive wildlife, of the type and number specified in applications approved by the Commission, in accordance with law and Commission rules. Captive wildlife maintained under permit shall, unless otherwise authorized, be maintained only at the facility specified in the permit application and approved by the Commission.

(2) No permit shall be required to possess the following wildlife for personal use, unless possession of a species is otherwise regulated by other rules of the Commission:

(a) Reptiles or amphibians (nonvenomous, unprotected)

(b) Gerbils, hedgehogs

(c) Honey possums, sugar gliders

(d) Shell parakeets

(e) Rats and mice

(f) Canaries

(g) Moles; shrews

(h) Rabbits

(i) Squirrels; chipmunks

(j) Ferrets (domestic; European)

(k) Lovebirds

(l) Guinea pigs

(m) Cockatiels

(n) Hamsters

(o) Parrots

(p) Finches

(q) Myna birds

(r) Toucans

(s) Doves; ringed, ruddy, and diamond

(t) Button quail

(u) Prairie dogs

(v) Chinchillas

(3) No permit shall be required for the sale of poultry, hamsters, guinea pigs, domestic rats and mice, gerbils, or chameleons (Anolis).

(4) No permit shall be issued to any person to possess Class III wildlife for exhibition, sale or personal use unless such person can meet the following requirements:

(a) Be 16 years of age or older.

(b) Application for permits to possess Class III wildlife for personal use shall include the satisfactory completion of a questionnaire developed by the Commission that assesses the applicant's knowledge of general husbandry, nutritional, and behavioral characteristics. Such information shall be documented on the Personal Use Application and Questionnaire form FWCDLE_621 (01/07), which is adopted and incorporated herein by reference. Forms may be obtained by submitting a request to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, or at www.myfwc.com/permits.

(c) Applicants for permits to possess capuchin, spider, or woolly monkeys shall meet the age, experience and examination requirements for authorization to possess Class II wildlife.

(d) Be able to provide satisfactory caging facilities as required in the standard caging requirements, Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C., within 30 days of notification of tentative approval for a permit.

(e) Ensure that the conditions under which the wildlife will be held shall not constitute a threat to the public or to the animal.

(5) Qualification requirements for a permit to possess Class I or Class II wildlife:

All applicants shall qualify for permits as follows:

(a) Age Requirement: Applicants to possess Class I or Class II wildlife shall be at least 18 years of age.

(b) Applicants shall not have been convicted of any violation of captive wildlife regulations or venomous reptile or reptile of concern regulations involving unsafe housing of wildlife or that could potentially endanger the public; any violation involving the illegal commercialization of wildlife; any violation involving cruelty to animals; or any violation involving importation of wildlife within three (3) years of the date of application.

(c) Experience Requirement for Class I permits:

1. Applicants shall demonstrate no less than one (1) year of substantial practical experience (to consist of no less than 1000 hours) in the care, feeding, handling and husbandry of the species for which the permit is sought, or other species, within the same biological family (except crocodilians which shall be in the same biological order; ratites which shall be in the same biological sub-order; and cougars, panthers or cheetahs which shall remain at the genus level), which are substantially similar in size, characteristics, behavior, habits, care and nutritional requirements to the species for which the permit is sought.

2. For purposes of demonstrating compliance, applicants shall submit documentation of such experience, including:

a. A description of the specific experience acquired.

b. The dates and times the experience was obtained and the specific location(s) where acquired.

c. References of no less than two (2) individuals, no more than one of which may be a relative of the applicant, having personal knowledge of the applicant's stated experience. One of these references must be licensed by the commission for wildlife of the same family and the same or higher class for which the applicant is seeking authorization or a representative of a professional organization or governmental institution. Examples of such organizations or institutions include, but are not limited to, universities, public service agencies, zoological associations, herpetological societies and veterinarians.

d. Additional documentation may include records of prior permits for the keeping of captive wildlife, employment records, and any other competent documentation of the requisite experience.

3. Documented educational experience in zoology or other relevant biological sciences, obtained at the college or technical school level or above, may substitute for up to six months or 500 hours of the required experience.

4. Providing false information to document the applicant's experience, by the applicant or any reference, is prohibited as provided in Sections 837.012 and 837.06, F.S.

(d) Experience and examination requirements for Class II permits:

1. Applicants may qualify for a permit for Class II wildlife by documenting one year of experience (to consist of no less than 1000 hours) as defined in subparagraphs 68A-6.0022(5)(c)1.-4., F.A.C., above. If the applicant is unable to document such experience, as an alternative, the applicant may take a written examination. The successful completion of a written examination for the particular species or family, administered by the Division of Law Enforcement, together with the documentation of not less than 500 hours of substantial practical experience (with documentation and compliance procedures as noted in subparagraphs 68A-6.0022(5)(c)1.-4., F.A.C., above) in the care, feeding, handling and husbandry of the species or family for which the permit is sought may be substituted for the one-year/1,000-hour requirement. Upon receipt of an application, the Commission shall notify the applicant of the time and place of the next examination. Applicant scoring at least 80 percent correct on the examination shall be deemed as meeting the examination requirement for the particular species or family.

2. The above requirements shall not apply to applicants for permits to possess ostriches, rheas, emus, cassowaries or coyotes when possessed for purposes other than public exhibition or personal use.

3. The above requirements shall not apply to applicants for permits to possess American alligators in accordance with Section 379.3751, F.S.

4. The above requirements shall not apply to applicants for permits to possess species of the family Bovidae in accordance with Sections 379.3711 and 379.3712, F.S.

(e) Any licensed corporation applying for a permit or authorized to possess Class I or Class II wildlife must have qualified personnel responsible for the care of such wildlife. The corporation must provide documentation of experience for at least one person. Such person shall comply with the requirements defined in subparagraphs 68A-6.0022(5)(c)1.-4. and (d)1., F.A.C., above. Such documentation of experience shall be submitted to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, and subject to approval upon initial application and upon each instance of change in qualified person.

(f) Any person authorized pursuant to Section 379.3761, F.S., to exhibit or sell Class I wildlife shall obtain and maintain a current and valid USDA license, where applicable, pursuant to the Animal Welfare Act and Animal Welfare Regulations of Title 9 CFR. Such USDA license shall be obtained within 180 days of initial licensing by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Failure to obtain and maintain a current and valid USDA license may result in denial or revocation of any Class I authorizations issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

(6) Except as otherwise provided, applicants for permits to possess wildlife in captivity shall specify the location of the facility at which the wildlife shall be kept or possessed. Prior to the issuance of a permit for Class I, Class II, or Class III capuchin, spider or woolly monkeys such facility shall be inspected and approved by Commission personnel prior to the issuance of the permit.

(7) Disaster and Critical Incident Plans: Applicants for permits to possess wildlife in captivity as authorized pursuant to Sections 379.3761 or 379.303, F.S., or the provisions of this chapter shall document in writing a course of action to be taken in preparation for disasters or critical incidents. Such course of action shall be documented on the Captive Wildlife Critical Incident/Disaster Plan form FWCDLE_619 (06/09), which is adopted and incorporated herein by reference. Forms may be obtained by submitting a request to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, or at www.myfwc.com/permits. This form shall consist of two parts. Part A of form FWCDLE_619 shall be submitted at the time of initial application or renewal; and Part B shall be retained in the permittee's files at the facility location and be made available for inspection upon request of Commission personnel and the director of the local emergency management agency for the county where the facility is located..

(a) Provisions of this subsection shall apply to permittees maintaining captive wildlife in Florida.

(b) For permittees where the facility is located out of state, the provisions of this subsection shall apply when such permittee is in travel status with Class I or Class II wildlife. In this instance Part B must accompany the Class I or Class II wildlife while in travel status in Florida and shall describe the course of action to be taken in the event of a critical incident or natural disaster in Florida.

Adopted July 1, 1990; Amended July 1, 1990, July 1, 1991, Feb. 1, 1998; Transferred from 39-6.0022; Amended Apr. 30, 2000, Jan. 1, 2008; Amended Aug. 27, 2009. Amended July 8, 2010.

Authority: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.3761, 379.3762 FS. History-New 7-1-90, Amended 7-1-90, 7-1-91, 2-1-98, Formerly 39-6.0022, Amended 4-30-00, 1-1-08, 8-27-09, 7-8-10.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0023. General Regulations Governing Possession of Captive Wildlife; Public Contact; Transfer of Wildlife and Record Keeping Requirements.

(1) No person shall maintain captive wildlife in any unsafe or unsanitary condition, or in a manner which results in threats to the public safety, or the maltreatment or neglect of such wildlife.

(2) Caging Requirements:

(a) All wildlife possessed in captivity shall, except when supervised and controlled in accordance with subsection (3) hereof, be maintained in cages or enclosures constructed and maintained in compliance with the provisions of Rules 68A-6.003, 68A-6.004 and 68A-6.007, F.A.C.

(b) Cages or enclosures housing captive wildlife shall be sufficiently strong to prevent escape and to protect the caged animal from injury, and shall be equipped with structural safety barriers to prevent any physical contact with the caged animal by the public, except for contacts as authorized under subsection (3) of this rule. Structural barriers may be constructed from materials such as fencing, moats, landscaping, or close-mesh wire, provided that materials used are safe and effective in preventing public contact.

(c) All cages or enclosures less than 1,000 square feet shall be covered at the top to prevent escape (except paddocks, reptile enclosures and habitats specified below). Class I or Class II wildlife shall not be kept in uncovered enclosures that are less than 1,000 square feet, except as specified in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C. All outdoor enclosures for non-native venomous reptile species and reptiles of concern shall be topped with close-meshed wire or an equivalent barrier to provide additional security as specified in Rule 68A-6.007, F.A.C. For the purpose of this section, the following definitions apply:

1. Paddocks: Areas enclosed by fencing, railing or other Commission-approved structures which allow animals to graze or browse.

2. Reptile enclosures: Areas encompassed by smooth walls or other Commission-approved materials which provide safe keeping of venomous and non-venomous snakes, crocodilians and other reptiles.

3. Open air habitats or moated areas: Areas enclosed by Commission-approved fences, walls, or moats which provide safe keeping of species specified in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C.

(d) Caging considered unsafe or otherwise not in compliance herewith shall be reconstructed or repaired within 30 days after notification of such condition. In the event such condition results in a threat to human safety or the safety of the wildlife maintained therein, the wildlife maintained therein shall, at the direction of the Commission, be immediately placed in an approved facility, at the expense of the permittee, owner, or possessor, until such time as the unsafe condition is remedied. In instances where wildlife is seized or taken into custody by the Commission, said permittee, owner, or possessor of such wildlife shall be responsible for payment of all expenses relative to the animal's capture, transport, boarding, veterinary care, or other costs associated with or incurred due to such seizures or custody. Such expenses shall be paid by said permittee, owner, or possessor upon any conviction or finding of guilt of a criminal or noncriminal violation, regardless of adjudication or plea entered, of any provision of Chapter 379 or 828, F.S., or rules of the Commission, or if such violation is disposed of under Section 921.187, F.S. Failure to pay such expenses shall be grounds for revocation or denial of permits to such individuals to possess wildlife.

(3) Unconfined captive wildlife shall be maintained under rigid supervision and control, so as to prevent injuries to members of the public. No captive wildlife shall be tethered outdoors unsupervised. To provide for public safety, all wildlife shall be teathered or controlled in such a manner as to prevent physical contact with the public and a structural safety barrier, as provided in paragraph (2)(b) above, must be present to prevent physical contact with unconfined Class I or Class II wildlife except in instances where public contact is allowed in paragraph (3)(a) below.

(a) Public contact and exhibition.

1. General: All Class I, II or III wildlife that will be used for contact with the public shall have been evaluated by the exhibitor to insure compatibility with the uses intended. All wildlife shall be exhibited in a manner that prevents injuries to the public and the wildlife. The exhibitor shall take reasonable sanitary precautions to minimize the possibility of disease or parasite transmission which could adversely affect the health or welfare of citizens or wildlife. When any conditions exists that results in a threat to human safety, or the welfare of the wildlife, the animal(s) shall, at the direction of a Commission officer, be immediately removed from public contact for an interval necessary to correct the unsafe or deficient condition.

2. Class I wildlife shall only be permitted to come into physical contact with the public in accordance with the following:

a. Full contact: For the purpose of this section, full contact is defined as situations in which an exhibitor or employee handler maintains proximate control and supervision, while temporarily surrendering physical possession or custody of the animal to another. Full contact with Class I wildlife is authorized only as follows:

I. Class I cats (Felidae only) that weigh not more than twenty-five (25) pounds;

II. Chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas that are not less than six (6) months of age and weigh not more than twenty-five pounds;

III. Gibbons and siamangs not less than four (4) months of age and not more than two (2) years of age;

IV. Elephants as approved in Rule 68A-6.0042, F.A.C.

b. Incidental contact: For the purpose of this section, incidental contact is defined as situations in which an exhibitor or employee handler maintains control, possession and supervision of the animal while permitting the public to come into contact with it. Incidental contact with Class I wildlife is authorized only as follows:

I. Class I carnivores except cheetahs and cougars that weigh not more than 40 pounds;

II. Chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas that are not less than six (6) months of age and weigh not more than 40 pounds;

III. Gibbons and siamangs that are not less than four (4) months of age: no maximum poundage or age limit;

IV. Elephants;

V. Incidental contact with other Class I wildlife must be approved in writing by the Commission prior to the use of the wildlife for incidental contact with the public. Factors to be considered when approving such contact are found in subparagraph (3)(a)1.

3. Public contact or handling intervals for Class I wildlife shall be limited as to frequency, intensity, and duration so that such handling will not adversely affect the health, welfare, or safety of the animals, nor expose the public to injury.

(4) Any condition which results in wildlife escaping from its enclosure, cage, leash, or other constraint, or which results in injury to any person, shall be considered a violation of subsection 68A-6.0023(1), F.A.C., hereof.

(5) Sanitation and Nutritional Requirements:

(a) Sanitation, water disposal, and waste disposal shall be in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations.

(b) Water: Clean drinking water shall be provided daily. Any water containers used shall be clean. Reptiles and amphibians that do not drink water from containers and those in an inactive season or period shall be provided water in a manner and at such intervals as to ensure their health and welfare. All pools, tanks, water areas and water containers provided for swimming, wading or drinking shall be clean. Enclosures shall provide drainage for surface water and runoff.

(c) Food: Food shall be of a type and quantity that meets the nutritional requirements for the particular species, and shall be provided in an unspoiled and uncontaminated condition. Clean containers shall be used for feeding.

(d) Waste: Fecal and food waste shall be removed daily from inside, under, and around cages and stored or disposed of in a manner which prevents noxious odors or pests. Cages and enclosures shall be ventilated to prevent noxious odors.

(e) Cleaning and maintenance: Hard floors within cages or enclosures shall be cleaned a minimum of once weekly. Walls of cages and enclosures shall be spot cleaned daily. The surfaces of housing facilities, including perches, shelves and any furniture-type fixtures within the facility, shall be cleaned weekly, and shall be constructed in a manner and made of materials that permits thorough cleaning. Cages or enclosures with dirt floors shall be raked a minimum of once every three days and all waste material shall be removed. Any surface of cages or enclosures that may come into contact with animal(s) shall be free of excessive rust that prevents the required cleaning or that affects the structural strength. Any painted surface that may come into contact with wildlife shall be free of peeling or flaking paint.

(6) No person shall possess any wildlife requiring a permit for personal use, or any wildlife for sale or exhibition, without documentation of the source and supplier of such wildlife. Possessors of such wildlife must maintain an accurate record of changes in inventory including acquisitions and sales or transfers of all wildlife. Possessors of Class I or Class II wildlife must also maintain an accurate record of all births and deaths. Such records shall be open to inspection upon request by commission personnel.

(a) Records of births or deaths must include the date of the birth or death and the quantity and species of each birth or death. For the purposes of this section “birth” shall be defined as the initial hatch or live birth date for the clutch or litter.

(b) Records of acquisition must include the date of acquisition; quantity and species of wildlife acquired; name and complete address of the supplier and permit or license identification number of the supplier where applicable.

(7) It shall be unlawful for any person to buy, sell, or transfer any wildlife to or from an unpermitted entity within Florida. No person shall sell or transfer wildlife without documenting such sale or transfer. The record of sale or transfer must be entered in the transferor's records and made available for inspection upon request of Commission personnel for a period of three years after the sale or transfer.

(a) Records of sale or transfer shall include the date of sale or transfer; quantity and species of wildlife sold or transferred; name and complete address of the recipient; and permit or license identification number of the recipient where applicable.

(b) Records of sale or transfer are not required for wildlife that may be possessed for personal use without a permit as specified in paragraphs 68A-6.0022(2)(a)-(v), F.A.C., unless such record keeping requirements are otherwise regulated by other rules of the Commission.

Adopted July 1, 1990, Feb. 1, 1998; Transferred from 39-6.0023; Amended Aug. 27, 2009.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV. Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.1025, 379.303, 379.304 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0024. Commercialization of Wildlife; Bonding or Financial Responsibility Guarantee.

(1) Because the possession of wildlife in accordance with Section 379.3761, F.S., is commercial in nature any person permitted to possess wildlife per Section 379.3761, F.S., except hobbyist possessors of Class III wildlife, shall demonstrate consistent and sustained commercial activity in the form of exhibition or sale of such authorized wildlife. For the purposes of this section a “hobbyist” is defined as one whose primary purpose for possession of such Class III wildlife is personal enjoyment but may occasionally exhibit or sell such wildlife. Consistent and sustained commercial activity may be demonstrated by the following examples of business procedures including, but not limited to:

(a) A regular media advertising campaign, or Internet Web site;

(b) Signs, billboards or flyers advertising commercial wildlife services or operations;

(c) Regular business hours during which the premises is open for commercial activity.

(d) Written business is conducted on printed letterhead, indicating the name of the company or business;

(e) Documented exhibition of wildlife to the public, with or without a charge;

(f) Sale of wildlife including any lesser acts thereof as defined in Rule 68A-1.004, F.A.C.

(2) It is unlawful to exhibit venomous reptiles to the public without having posted a performance bond as listed below.

(a) A valid performance bond payable to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shall be submitted at the time of initial license application and upon renewal. The licensee shall notify the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in writing within 5 calendar days if the performance bond expires, is cancelled or revoked, or for any other reason becomes invalid. The notification in writing may be delivered by fax at (850) 414-8212, or by mail or hand delivery to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Office of Licensing and Permitting, 2590 Executive Center Circle, Suite 200-Berkley Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. The terms of the performance bond shall include the following:

1. The exhibitor shall indemnify and save harmless the injured party if an injury occurs or other damage results from exhibited reptiles.

2. The exhibitor shall fully comply with all laws of the state and rules of the commission governing the capturing, keeping, possessing or exhibiting of venomous reptiles.

3. The performance bond shall be for the duration of not less than the duration of the licensing period.

(b) In lieu of a surety bond, a person may submit a cash bond to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to satisfy the performance bond requirement. Such payment shall be in the sum of $10,000 and may be in the form of cash, cashier's check, or certified check. In the instance of a check, such instrument shall be made payable to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Such cash bond shall be refunded to the exhibitor in instances of non-issuance or denial of the initial license application; or the exhibitor has submitted a request for refund to include a notarized statement that they no longer exhibit venomous reptiles.

(c) The performance bond will be forfeited to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission if:

1. An injury occurs or other damage results from exhibited reptiles and the exhibitor fails to indemnify and save harmless the injured party; or

2. The exhibitor fails to fully comply with all laws of the state and rules of the commission governing the capturing, keeping, possessing or exhibiting of venomous reptiles.

(d) The exhibition of venomous reptiles in the absence of a current and valid performance bond, payable to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in the sum of $10,000 is prohibited.

(3) It is unlawful to possess Class I wildlife without having guaranteed financial responsibility. The following methods of payment will satisfy the financial responsibility requirement:

(a) A valid performance bond payable to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the sum of $10,000, in compliance with and as noted in paragraph 68A-6.0024(1)(a), F.A.C., above. The terms of the performance bond shall include the following:

1. The possessor shall indemnify and save harmless the injured party if an injury to the public occurs, including accidental death, or other property damage occurs from the Class I wildlife.

2. The possessor shall indemnify and save harmless the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for payment of all expenses relative to the capture, transport, boarding, veterinary care, or other costs associated with or incurred due to seizure or custody of Class I wildlife.

3. The performance bond shall be for the duration of not less than the duration of the licensing period.

(b) Cash, cashier's check, or certified check in the sum of $10,000. In the instance of a check such instrument shall be made payable to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Such cash bond shall be refunded to the possessor of Class I wildlife in instances of non-issuance or denial of the initial license application; or the possessor has submitted a request for refund to include a notarized statement that they no longer possess Class I wildlife.

(c) Irrevocable letter of credit issued by a bank, savings and loan, credit union or other similar state or federally chartered financial institution, payable to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the sum of $10,000.

(d) In lieu of the $10,000 financial responsibility guarantee any person possessing Class I wildlife may maintain comprehensive general liability insurance with minimum limits of $2 million per occurrence and $2 million annual aggregate as shall protect the possessor of Class I wildlife from claims for damage for personal injury, including accidental death, as well as claims for property damage which may arise. The insurance policy shall be for a duration of not less than the duration of the licensing period. A current Certificate of Insurance evidencing proof of insurance maintained by the possessor of Class I wildlife in such amounts as required by this section, including terms, coverage and expiration date, shall be submitted at the time of initial application and upon renewal. The licensee shall notify the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in writing within 5 calendar days if the insurance policy expires, is cancelled or revoked, or for any other reason becomes invalid. The notification in writing may be delivered by fax at (850) 414-8212, or by mail or hand delivery to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Office of Licensing and Permitting, 2590 Executive Center Circle, Suite 200-Berkley Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32301.

(e) The performance bond or financial responsibility guarantee in the sum of $10,000, or any portion thereof, will be forfeited to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission if:

1. An injury to the public, including accidental death, or other property damage results from Class I wildlife and the possessor of such Class I wildlife fails to indemnify and save harmless the injured party; or

2. Class I wildlife is taken into custody or seized by commission personnel. In instances where Class I wildlife is seized or taken into custody by the Commission the permittee shall be responsible for payment of all expenses relative to the capture, transport, boarding, veterinary care, or other costs associated with or incurred due to seizure or custody of the wildlife.

(f) The possession of Class I wildlife in the absence of a current and valid performance bond, payable to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, in the sum of $10,000, or a financial responsibility guarantee in the sum of $10,000, or a current and valid comprehensive general liability insurance with minimum limits of $2 million per occurrence and $2 million annual aggregate is prohibited.

Adopted Feb. 1, 2008; Amended Aug. 27, 2009. Amended June 7, 2010; Dec. 6, 2010.

Authority: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.303, 379.304, 379.305, 379.373, 379.374 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0025. Sanctuaries; Retired Performing Wildlife and Identification.

(1) Only a corporation that is licensed in accordance with Section 379.3761, F.S., and exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and described in sections 501 (c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of such code, may operate a wildlife sanctuary for captive wildlife. For the purposes of this section a “wildlife sanctuary for captive wildlife” is defined as a facility established for the sole purpose of providing lifetime care for unwanted or infirmed captive wildlife. Such wildlife sanctuary for captive wildlife shall be operated in compliance with the provisions of Chapter 68A-6, F.A.C., and this section.

(a) Each wildlife sanctuary for captive wildlife must maintain and have available for inspection proof of current status as a Florida registered not-for-profit corporation and proof of current exemption from taxation under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and described in sections 501 (c)(3) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of such code.

(b) Acts which perpetuate the commercial trade in wildlife, including the trade, sale, offering for trade or sale, breeding except as authorized herein, or buying of captive wildlife or parts thereof, by any such wildlife sanctuary for captive wildlife are prohibited.

(c) Full or incidental contact between the public and such captive wildlife as defined in subparagraphs 68A-6.0023(3)(a)2.-3., F.A.C., is prohibited.

(d) All wildlife maintained by such sanctuary for captive wildlife shall be permanently identified by means of tattoo, brand, passive integrated transponder (PIT tag), photographic identification, or other method that clearly and permanently identifies that particular specimen so as to be distinguished from other specimens of the same species.

1. For photographic identification the photograph of the specimen must include sufficient distinguishing characteristics (marks, scars, and patterns, etc.) to enable that particular specimen to be distinguished from other specimens of the same species.

2. Record of identification including PIT tag numbers where applicable, along with information about the specimen being identified (species, method of identification, specimen name or number, gender and age) must be maintained in the possessors records for as long as the specimen is possessed. Such records shall be made available for inspection, upon request, of commission personnel. A copy of such record shall be provided to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, upon annual renewal of the license issued in accordance with Section 379.3761, F.S., and authorizing possession of such wildlife.

(e) Rare, endangered or otherwise protected specimens of wildlife may be transferred for breeding purposes in instances where such breeding program clearly enhances the survival potential of the species.

(f) Any sanctuary possessing Class I wildlife as listed in Rule 68A-6.002, F.A.C., must meet the bonding or financial responsibility guarantee requirements of paragraphs 68A-6.0024(3)(a)-(f), F.A.C.

(2) Any person licensed in accordance with Section 379.3761, F.S., who possesses performing wildlife that due to its age or physical condition may no longer perform, may retain such retired performing wildlife for the purposes of providing lifetime care for said wildlife. Such retired performing wildlife shall be permanently identified and records maintained and submitted as prescribed in subparagraphs (1)(d)1.-2., above.

Adopted Aug. 27, 2009. Amended Dec. 6, 2010.

Authority: Art. IV. Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 372.921 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.003. Facility and Structural Caging Requirement for Class I, II and III Wildlife.

(1) In addition to the standard caging requirements set forth in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C., Class I and Class II animals shall be caged in accordance with the following requirements:

(a) All cages or enclosures of Class I and Class II wildlife, and Class III capuchin, spider and woolly monkeys, except paddocks, approved open air habitats, or outdoor reptile enclosures shall be equipped with a safety entrance. A safety entrance is defined as a protected, secure area that can be entered by a keeper that prevents animal escape and safeguards the keeper, or a device that can be activated by a keeper that prevents animal escape and safeguards entry. Such entrances shall include: A double-door mechanism, interconnecting cages, a lock-down area, or other comparable devices, subject to Commission approval, that will prevent escape and safeguard the keeper. Safety entrances shall be constructed of materials that are of equivalent strength as that prescribed for cage construction for that particular species.

(b) All cages or enclosures constructed of chain link or other approved materials shall be well braced and securely anchored at ground level to prevent escape by digging or erosion. Cages shall be constructed using metal clamps, ties or braces of equivalent strength as the material required for cage construction for the particular species. Cages or enclosures using the ground as flooring must meet the following requirements:

1. For enclosures housing wildlife that exhibits a behavior of digging or burrowing:

Enclosures shall have a footer or bottom apron constructed of concrete, chainlink or equivalent strength material as specified in this rule for the housing of such wildlife. The footer must be a depth of 3 feet. In the instance of a bottom apron, the bottom apron must be securely attached to the bottom of the enclosure fencing or wall and extend inward into the enclosure a minimum of 3 feet. The bottom apron must be buried to prevent injury to the captive wildlife in the enclosure.

2. For enclosures affected by erosion:

Measures must be taken to stop the erosion. Such measures may include, but are not limited to, a footer or bottom apron as described above or other measures capable of ensuring the structural integrity of the enclosure and preventing the escape of the captive wildlife.

(2) In order to assure public safety, the facilities for the housing of Class I and Class II wildlife shall meet the requirements of this rule. Compliance with these requirements is a necessary condition for licensure. For the purposes of this rule, a “facility” means the site at which Class I or Class II wildlife are kept or exhibited, except for those locations where the standard caging requirements are exempted under Rules 68A-6.0041 and 68A-6.005, F.A.C. Upon receipt of an initial application regarding Class I or Class II wildlife, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shall notify the county or municipality wherein the proposed facility is to be located of a pending application. Current licensees that desire to expand their inventory to include a family of Class I or Class II species not previously authorized at their facility location shall comply with the requirements herein. Requests to upgrade wildlife classification authorizations shall be considered initial applications for license purposes. Applicants shall complete and submit a Facility Location Information form, FWCDLE_616IV (09-10), which is adopted and incorporated herein by reference. Forms may be obtained by submitting a request to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, or at www.myfwc.com/permits.

(a) Notification of escapes: Any person authorized to possess any Class I wildlife as listed pursuant to Rule 68A-6.002, F.A.C., must report any escapes from the primary caging or enclosures or the approved facility location; or other enclosure, cage, leash or other constraint when wildlife is away from such approved facility location, to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement. Such reporting shall occur immediately upon discovery of the escape. Any person authorized to possess Class I wildlife shall maintain a list of the current contiguous land owners or neighbors in Part B of the Captive Wildlife Critical Incident/Disaster Plan form FWCDLE_619 (06/09), as required in subsection 68A-6.0022(7), F.A.C. Such list shall include the name, address and contact phone number for contiguous land owners or neighbors. For the purposes of this section a “contiguous land owner or neighbor” shall mean the current resident for all properties sharing a common boundary with the facility location. The entire width of a dedicated roadway shall be considered sharing a common boundary in instances of a dedicated roadway between neighboring properties.

(b) Not withstanding other requirements of this rule, facilities licensed pursuant to this section may be transferred through will, trust or probate proceedings to a lawful heir and such facilities may remain in the same location. Said heir must be qualified to receive the classifications of wildlife applied for and shall complete applications for licenses to receive same. The transfer shall not occur until a final on-site inspection is conducted by Commission personnel and the license is approved and issued.

(c) Facility requirements:

1. Property ownership/lease:

a. The facility shall be constructed on property owned or leased by the applicant. If leased the lease shall be for a term of not less than one (1) year from date of application. Such lease shall be subject to initial and annual review and approval by the commission as a condition of said lease.

b. If the property is leased, the lessee must have exclusive rights to occupy, possess and use the property with no restrictions that could prevent the lessee from adhering to the eligibility requirements for licensure with no other in holdings or easements.

c. The existence of any such lease restrictions or termination of the lease shall result in the denial or revocation of the license or permit.

2. Land area:

a. Class I wildlife: The facility shall not be constructed on less than five (5) acres.

b. Class II wildlife: The facility shall not be constructed on less than two and one-half (2 1/2) acres.

c. The total facility shall not be comprised of more than two (2) parcels of land whether leased, owned or a combination of leased or owned parcels. If more than one parcel, the adjacent parcels must have a minimum of 100 feet common linear boundary.

3. Buffer zones:

The facility shall contain a “buffer zone” of not less than thirty-five (35) feet between the caged wildlife and the facility property line.

4. Perimeter fencing:

a. Class I wildlife: The cages of the facility shall be bounded by a fence of not less than eight (8) feet high.

b. Class II wildlife: The cages of the facility shall be bounded by a fence of not less than eight (8) feet high, or as an alternative, a fence of not less than six (6) feet high, with a 2-foot, 45 degree, inward angle overhang.

c. All vertical fencing and inward angle overhang fencing of the perimeter fence shall be constructed of 11 1/2 gauge chain link or equivalent.

(d) Exemptions:

The following Class I and Class II wildlife are exempt from the facility requirements of subparagraphs (2)(c)1.-4., as listed above:

1. Permits authorizing possession of infants only including:

a. Class I or Class II carnivores until they reach 25 pounds or six (6) months of age, which ever comes first, provided written documentation is available to verify the age of the animal, the animal is marked or otherwise identifiable, and the animal is provided space for exercise on a daily basis:

b. Class I and II primates until they reach the age of twelve (12) months, provided written documentation is available to verify the age of the animal, the animal is marked or otherwise identifiable, and the animal is provided space for exercise on a daily basis.

2. Crocodilians four (4) feet in length or less.

3. Cats: Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis), Servals (Leptailurus serval), Caracals (Caracal caracal), Bobcats (Lynx rufus), African golden cats (Profelis aurata), Temminck's golden cats (Profelis temmincki), and Fishing cats (Prionailurus viverrina).

4. Non-human primates: Uakaris (genus Cacajao), Sakis (genus Chiropotes and Pithecea), and Guenons (genus Ceropithecus) not including Patas monkeys (genus Erythrocebus), De Brazza's monkey (Cercopithecus neglectus), Blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis), Preuss's monkey (Cercopithecus preussi) or any other non-human primate of the genus Cercopithecus which exceeds the normal adult weight of fourteen (14) pounds.

(e) Any Class I or Class II wildlife exempt from meeting the facility requirements of subparagraphs (2)(c)1.-4., of this rule must meet the following:

1. Class I wildlife shall not be possessed in any multi-unit dwellings or on any premises consisting of less than one quarter acre of land area.

2. Class II wildlife shall not be possessed in multi-unit dwellings unless the dwelling in which they are housed is equipped with private entrance, exit and yard area.

3. A fence sufficient to deter entry by the public, which shall be a minimum of five (5) feet in height, shall be present around the premises wherein Class I or Class II animals are housed or exercised outdoors.

(f) The above facility requirements relating to land area, buffer zones, and perimeter fencing, shall be effective January 1, 2008, but shall not apply to those facilities licensed to possess captive wildlife species prior to that date. After January 1, 2008, those licensees that desire to expand their inventory to include a family of Class I or Class II species not previously authorized at their facility location shall comply with the requirements herein. Requests to upgrade wildlife classification authorizations shall be considered new applications for license purposes.

(3) Additional requirements for specific species shall be as follows:

(a) Group I - Chimpanzees (over 50 pounds), gorillas, orangutans.

1. Outdoor facilities - Cage construction materials shall consist of steel bars, two-inch galvanized pipe, masonry block or their strength equivalent.

2. Indoor facilities - Potential escape routes shall be equipped with steel bars, two-inch galvanized pipe or equivalent in rooms where the wildlife is maintained.

(b) Group II - Chimpanzees (up to 50 pounds), drills, mandrills, baboons, snow leopards, jaguars, tigers, lions, bears.

1. Outdoor facilities - Cage construction materials shall consist of not less than nine-gauge chain link or equivalent.

2. Indoor facilities - Potential escape routes shall be equipped with wire or grating of not less than nine-gauge or equivalent.

(c) Group III - Rhinoceros, elephants, hippopotamus, cape buffalos, gaur.

Indoor and outdoor facilities - Construction materials shall consist of steel bars, masonry block or equivalent.

(d) Group IV - Crocodiles, gavials, alligators, caimans, komodo dragons.

Outdoor facilities - Bounded by a fence at least five feet in height of not less than 11 1/2 gauge chain link or equivalent.

(e) Group V - Gibbons, siamangs, patas monkeys, howler monkeys, uakaris, mangabeys, guenons, sakis, guereza monkeys, celebes black apes, indris, macaques, langurs, proboscis monkeys, spider monkeys, woolly monkeys, and capuchin monkeys, leopards, cougars, clouded leopards, cheetahs, ocelots, servals, lynx, bobcats, caracals, African golden cats, Temminck's golden cats, fishing cats, wolves, coyotes, jackals, Indian dholes, African hunting dogs, aardwolves, binturongs, and Old World badgers.

1. Outdoor facilities - Construction material shall consist of not less than 11 1/2 gauge chain link or equivalent.

2. Indoor facilities - Potential escape routes shall be equipped with wire or grating not less than 11 1/2 gauge or equivalent.

(f) Group VI - Wolverines, honey badgers, American badgers, and hyenas.

1. Outdoor facilities - Cage construction materials shall consist of not less than 9 gauge chain link or equivalent.

2. Indoor facilities - Potential escape routes shall be equipped with wire or grating of not less than 9 gauge chain link or equivalent.

(g) Group VII - Ostrich, cassowary.

Outdoor facilities - Bounded by a fence of at least six feet in height of not less than 11 1/2 gauge chain link or equivalent.

(h) Group VIII - Class III mammals (except spider, woolly, and capuchin monkeys) and Varanidae (except Komodo dragon), giraffe, okapi, tapir, wild cattle, forest, woodland and aridland antelope; and similar species of non-native hoofstock (family Bovidae). Such non-native hoofstock to include: Forest buffalo, Banteng, Anoa, Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Eland, Kudu, Nilgai, Bongo, lechwe, Roan and Sable antelope, Sitatunga, Bontebok, Blesbok, Topi, Kob, Addax, Oryx, Gemsbok, and other wild species of the family Bovidae which are of similar size, habits and nature.

1. Outdoor facilities - Cage construction materials shall consist of not less than 14-gauge wire or strength equivalent material.

2. Indoor facilities - Rooms may serve as enclosures provided that:

a. Construction materials equal or exceed the strength equivalent for outside caging.

b. Potential escape routes are secured, or the animal is supervised to ensure against escape.

c. The size of the room(s) equals or exceeds that required for cages and enclosures in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C.

Adopted Aug. 1, 1979; Amended June 21, 1982; Transferred from 39-6.03; Amended June 1, 1986, July 1, 1990, July 1, 1992, Feb. 1, 1998; Transferred from 39-6.003; Amended Jan. 1, 2008, Jan. 8, 2008; Amended Aug. 27, 2009. Amended Nov. 8, 2010; Dec. 6, 2010.

Authority: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.3761, 379.3762 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.004. Standard Caging Requirements for Captive Wildlife.

(1) No captive wildlife shall be confined in any cage or other enclosure which contains more individual animals, or is smaller in dimension than as specified in this section, or is not equipped as specified in this section, except as defined in Rule 68A-6.0041, F.A.C., or as authorized in accordance with the following:

Requests for deviations from standard caging or enclosure requirements may be granted to allow for different size configuration (length, width and height) if the required square footage is adequate and if the locomotory needs of the animal(s) are not compromised. Wet or dry moats may be substituted for the required fencing for retaining some species of wildlife. Any proposed deviations from the standard caging or enclosure requirements, or proposals to use wet or dry moats to substitute for fencing, or proposals to use open air habitats except as provided herein, must be approved in writing by the Commission prior to the use of the cage or enclosure for housing animals.

(2) Definitions: Where specified in this section, wildlife cages and enclosures shall be equipped to provide for the protection and welfare of the animals. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to:

(a) Shelter, nest box or den: A structure that protects captive wildlife from the elements (weather conditions). Such structures may vary in size depending on the security and biological needs of the species. They are particularly described as follows:

1. Shelter: A structure which shall provide protection from the elements and from extremes in temperature that are detrimental to the health and welfare of the animal. When vegetation and landscaping is available to serve as protection from the elements, access to a shelter shall also be provided during inclement weather conditions. Such shelter shall be attached to or adjacent to the paddock, habitat, or enclosure.

2. Nest box or den: An enclosed shelter that provides a retreat area within, attached to, or adjacent to a cage or enclosure of specified size, which shall provide protection from the elements and from extremes in temperature that are detrimental to the health and welfare of the animal.

(b) Elevated platform or perching area: A surface or structure, either natural or manmade, positioned above the floor, or above the grade level of the cage or enclosure, that will provide a resting area for the animal(s).

(c) Original floor area: The total square footage required for the initial number of animals specified. For example, this is calculated by finding the new total area required for 4 squirrel monkeys when the original floor area equals 20′ for 1 or 2 animals (4′ x 5′ x 5′ high). For each additional animal, there is an increase in cage or enclosure size by 25 percent of original floor area. For two additional monkeys: 25% x 20′ x 2 animals = 10′; add 10′ to 20′ = 30 total square feet of floor area required for 4 monkeys. New cages or enclosures can be 6′ x 5′ x 5′ high, or any width/length dimension that equals or exceeds the increased cage or enclosure space.

(d) Gnawing and chewing items: Natural or artificial materials that provide for the health of teeth, so as to, keep teeth sharp, wear down enamel and promote general oral hygiene. Gnawing items include, but are not limited to, logs and trees. Chewing items include, but are not limited to, woody stems, knuckle bones, and rawhide objects; suitability dependent upon species.

(3) Primates: Additional cage or enclosure requirements for primates: In addition to requirements of this section, each cage or enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to, boxes, balls, mirrors or foraging items.

(a) Prosimians:

1. Small (e.g., bush babies, loris, potto, angwantibo, tarsiers, and mouse, dwarf, forked, marked, and sportive lemurs)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 3 feet by 3 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosures simultaneously. Each cage shall also have climbing apparatus.

2. Medium (e.g., lemurs: ruffed, cata, true, gentle, avahi, aye-aye)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 4 feet by 5 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that will accommodate all animal(s) in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall also have climbing apparatus.

3. Large (e.g., sifakas, indris)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 6 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that will accommodate all animal(s) in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall also include climbing apparatus.

(b) New World Monkeys:

1. Tamarins and Marmosets.

a. For one or two animals, a cage 3 feet by 3 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that will accommodate all animal(s) in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall also include climbing apparatus.

2. Squirrels, titis, owls, talapoins and similar sized monkeys.

a. For one or two animals, a cage 4 feet by 5 feet, 5 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching areas and nest box(es) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall also have climbing apparatus.

3. Medium-sized New World monkeys (e.g., capuchins, sakis, uakaris)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 6 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and shelter(s) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall also have climbing apparatus.

4. Large arboreal monkeys (e.g., howlers, spiders, woolly, woolly spider)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 6 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and shelter(s) that will accommodate all animal(s) in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall also have horizontal climbing apparatus.

(c) Old World Monkeys:

1. Macaques, guenons, mangabeys, patas, languars, colobus, proboscis, simakobu, snub-nosed, and similar sized monkeys.

a. For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 8 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and shelter(s) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have horizontal climbing apparatus.

2. Baboons, mandrills and drills

a. For one or two animals, a cage 10 feet by 8 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and shelter(s) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have horizontal climbing apparatus.

(d) Apes:

1. Gibbons and siamangs

a. For one or two animals, a cage 8 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and shelter(s) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have horizontal climbing apparatus.

c. Wet or dry moats may be substituted for the required fencing provided prior Commission written approval has been obtained. For island exhibits, wet moats shall be used that are no less than 24 feet wide, with 50 percent of the water having a depth twice the height of the tallest animal.

2. Chimpanzees and orangutans

a. For one animal under 50 pounds, a cage 8 feet by 6 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal double the original floor area. For one or two animals over 50 pounds, a cage 20 feet by 12 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 50 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and shelter(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have horizontal climbing apparatus.

c. Wet or dry moats may be substituted for the required fencing provided prior Commission written approval has been obtained. For island exhibits, wet moats shall be used that are no less than 24 feet wide, with 50 percent of the water having a depth twice the height of the tallest animal.

3. Gorillas

a. For one or two animals, a cage 28 feet by 24 feet, 10 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 50 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have a platform(s) large enough to accommodate all animals simultaneously; such platform(s) shall be elevated three feet. Each cage shall also have shelter(s) large enough to accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

c. Wet or dry moats may be substituted for the required fencing provided prior Commission written approval has been obtained. For island exhibits, wet moats shall be used that are no less than 24 feet wide, with 50 percent of the water having a depth twice the height of the tallest animal.

(4) Carnivores and Certain Omnivores with Similar Requirements:

(a) Wild felines.

In addition to requirements of this section, each cage or enclosure shall be equipped with a shelter(s)/nest box(es) large enough to accommodate all the animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to, boxes, balls, bones, barrels, drums, rawhide, pools, etc.

1. African and Asian lions; tigers.

a. For one or two animals, a cage 24 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animal(s) simultaneously. Each cage shall have a claw log, unless the animal(s) front claws have been removed.

c. Outdoor cages over 1,000 square feet (uncovered) shall have vertical jump walls at least 10 feet high, with a 2-foot, 45 degree, inward angle overhang, or jump walls at least 12 feet high, without an overhang. The inward angle fencing shall be made of the same material as the vertical fencing. Wet or dry moats may be substituted for the required fencing provided prior Commission written approval has been obtained.

2. Jaguars, leopards, and cougars

a. For one or two animals, a cage 20 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have a claw log, unless the animal(s) front claws have been removed.

c. Outdoor cages over 1,000 square feet (uncovered) for cougars shall have vertical jump walls at least 10 feet high, with a 4-foot, 45 degree, inward angle overhang. Leopards and jaguars shall not be kept in uncovered enclosures except in facilities with wet or dry moats, which have been previously approved in writing by the Commission.

3. Lesser cats (e.g., bobcats, lynx, ocelots, caracal, serval, margay, fishing cats, jungle cats, Teminick's cats, golden cats)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 12 feet by 6 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have a claw log, unless the animal(s) front claws have been removed.

4. Small cats (e.g., Geoffroy's cats, jaguarundis, leopard cats, wildcats (Felis silvestris), mountain cats, pampas cats, marbled cats, pallas' cats, sand cats, oncilla/tiger cats, black-footed cats, flat-headed cats, kodkods, rusty-spotted cats)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 6 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have a claw log, unless the animal(s) front claws have been removed.

5. Cheetahs

a. For one or two animals, a cage 40 feet by 20 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

(b) Bears.

In addition to the requirements of this section, each cage or enclosure shall be equipped with a shelter(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to boxes, balls, bones, barrels, drums, climbing apparatus, foraging items, etc.

1. Black bears, Asiatic, sloth, spectacled.

a. For one animal, a cage 20 feet by 20 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) for resting. Each cage shall have a 4 foot by 6 foot pool of water, 3 feet deep.

2. Sun bears.

a. For one animal, a cage 20 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) for resting. Each cage shall have a 3 foot by 4 foot pool of water, 2 feet deep.

3. Brown bears (e.g., European, grizzly, Kodiak) and polar bears.

a. For one animal, a cage 24 feet by 32 feet, 10 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) for resting. Each cage shall have a 6 foot by 10 foot pool of water, 4 feet deep, except for polar bears, which shall have a 10 foot by 10 foot pool, 5 feet deep.

(c) Raccoons, coati-mundis, olingos, kinkajous, ringtail (cacomistles).

In addition to the requirements for this section, each cage or enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to, boxes, balls, mirrors, climbing apparatus, foraging items, etc.

1. For up to two animals, a cage 6 feet by 8 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

2. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

(d) Pandas (red).

In addition to the requirements for this section, each cage or enclosure shall be provided with an environment or devices that allows for temperature regulation necessary to ensure the well-being of the species. Each cage or enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to, climbing apparatus, foraging/browse items, pools of water, etc.

1. For one animal, a cage 10 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

2. Each cage shall have perching area(s) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

3. Shelter must be provided at all times to protect animals from excessive heat.

(e) Badgers, weasels and polecats, skunks, fishers, ferrets, otters, wolverines, minks, martins, civets, genets, mongoose, and binturong.

In addition to the requirements for this section, each cage or enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to, boxes, balls, PVC tubing, etc. Each cage shall have a shelter(s)/den(s)/nest box(es) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

1. Small (e.g., ferrets, weasels, polecats, skunks)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 5 feet by 4 feet, 3 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall be equipped with chewing items.

2. Arboreal (e.g., martins, fishers, genets, small or medium civets)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 4 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall be equipped with perching areas, climbing apparatus, and chewing items.

3. Medium (e.g., badger)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 6 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have chewing items and an area of sufficient depth to provide for digging.

4. Large (e.g., wolverine, binturong, African civet)

For one or two animals, a cage 10 feet by 10 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

5. Aquatic (e.g., common river otters, sea otters, giant river otter). For sea otters, specifications will be as required by Federal regulations, incorporated herein by reference as found in Title 9 C.F.R., Chapter I Part 3, Subpart E.

a. For one or two animals, a cage 10 feet by 10 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor space.

b. Each cage shall have a 8 foot by 4 foot pool of water, 2.5 feet deep. For each additional animal, increase pool size by 25 percent of original pool area. Dry resting areas shall be provided.

(f) Rodents.

In addition to the requirements for this section, each cage or enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to, boxes, balls, PVC tubing, browse, etc. Each cage shall have shelters or nest box(es) that will accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

1. Small aquatic rodents (e.g., Florida water rat, muskrat)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 4 feet by 6 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have a pool of water, 2 feet by 2 feet, 1 foot deep.

c. Each cage shall have gnawing items.

2. Medium aquatic rodents (e.g., nutria, mountain beaver)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 8 feet by 6 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor space.

b. Each cage shall have a pool of water, 3 feet by 2 feet, 2 feet deep.

c. Each cage shall have gnawing items.

3. Large aquatic rodents (e.g., capybara, beaver)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 10 feet by 10 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor space.

b. Each cage shall have a 6 foot by 8 foot pool of water, 3 feet deep. For each additional animal, increase the pool size by 25 percent of original floor area.

c. Each cage shall have gnawing items.

4. Large rodents (e.g., porcupines, cavies, paca, pacarana, agoutis)

a. Cavies, paca, pacarana, agoutis and similar sized ground dwelling rodents

(I) For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 4 feet, 3 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have gnawing items.

b. South and North American porcupines.

(I) For one to two animals, a cage 8 feet by 6 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have gnawing items, perching areas and climbing apparatus.

c. Old World porcupines (e.g., crested, bush tailed, and similar sized animals)

(I) For one to two animals, a cage 8 feet by 8 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have gnawing items and browse. Each cage shall also have perching areas and climbing apparatus except for crested porcupines.

5. Squirrels and tree shrews

a. Arboreal squirrels/tree shrews

(I) For up to two animals, a cage 4 feet by 4 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have climbing apparatus and gnawing items.

b. Terrestrial squirrels

(I) Small prairie dogs, chipmunks

(A) For up to two animals, a cage 3 feet by 3 feet, 2 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(B) Each cage shall have gnawing items.

(II) Large (e.g., marmots, ground hogs)

(A) For up to two animals, a cage 4 feet by 4 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(B) Cage floors shall have an area of sufficient depth that provides for digging. Each cage shall have gnawing items.

(g) Wild rabbits, hares, and picas.

1. For up to two animals, a cage 6 feet by 4 feet, 3 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

2. Each cage shall have gnawing items.

(h) Wild Canids.

In addition to the requirements of this section, each cage or enclosure shall be equipped with a shelter(s)/ den(s) that shall accommodate all the animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to boxes, balls, bones, barrels, drums, rawhide, pools, etc.

1. Foxes, small (e.g., Fennec, kit)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 6 feet by 4 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

2. Foxes (e.g., red, grey, Arctic, bat eared, bush dogs)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 8 feet by 6 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

3. Wolves (e.g., gray wolf, except red wolf, maned wolf, hyenas, African wild dogs, Cape hunting dogs)

a. For one or two animals, a cage 20 feet by 10 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

c. Outdoor cages over 1,000 square feet (uncovered) shall have vertical jump walls at least 8 feet high, with a 45 degree inward angle overhang 2 feet wide or, jump walls 10 feet high without an overhang.

4. Coyotes, jackals, Asian wild dogs, red wolf, dingoes.

a. For one or two animals, a cage 20 feet by 8 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have an elevated platform(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

c. Outdoor cages over 1,000 square feet (uncovered) shall have vertical jump walls at least 8 feet high with a 45 degree, inward angle overhang 2 feet wide or, jump walls 10 feet high without an overhang.

(i) Marsupials.

In addition to requirements of this section, each enclosure shall be equipped with a shelter(s) or nest box(es) that shall accommodate all the animals in the enclosure simultaneously. When vegetation or landscaping is available to serve as protection from the elements, access to a shelter shall also be provided during inclement weather conditions. Such shelter shall be attached to or adjacent to the paddock, habitat, or enclosure. Each paddock, habitat, or enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to, browsing and grazing material.

1. Kangaroo (e.g., red, grey)

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 625 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage by 25 percent of original floor area.

2. Walleroos and large wallabies (e.g., rock wallabies, and similar sized species)

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 500 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage by 25 percent of original floor area.

3. Hare wallabies, forest wallabies (e.g., dama, potorros, rat kangaroos, and similar sized species)

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 100 square feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage by 25 percent of original floor area.

4. Tree kangaroos (arboreal)

a. For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 10 feet by 8 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have horizontal climbing apparatus.

5. Ringtail opossums, gliders, pygmy possums, brushtail possums, cuscus, bandicoots

a. Small (e.g., pygmy opossums)

(I) For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 2 feet by 2 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor space.

(II) Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have a horizontal climbing apparatus.

b. Gliders (e.g., sugar glider, Family Petauridae)

(I) For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 4 feet by 4 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have a horizontal climbing apparatus.

c. Ringtail possums (Family Pseudocheiridae)

(I) For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 4 feet by 3 feet, 3 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have a horizontal climbing apparatus.

d. Cuscuses and brushtail possums (Phalangeridae)

(I) For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 4 feet by 4 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have a horizontal climbing apparatus.

e. Bandicoots.

For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 4 feet by 3 feet, 3 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

6. Marsupial carnivores (Dasyuridae)

a. Small (e.g., 3 striped marsupial mouse)

For one or two animals, a covered cage or enclosure 1 foot by 2 feet, 1 foot high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Large (e.g., Tasmanian tiger cat, Tasmanian devil, marsupial cat)

For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 4 feet by 6 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

7. American (New World) opossums/possums and honey possum

a. Small (e.g., mouse opossums, honey possum: Tarsipes rostratus)

(I) For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 2 feet by 2 feet, 2 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have horizontal climbing apparatus.

b. Large (e.g., American, yapok, four-eyed, woolly, bushy-tailed, and similar sized animals)

(I) For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure 4 feet by 4 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have horizontal climbing apparatus.

8. Wombats.

For one or two animals, a cage, enclosure, or paddock 10 feet by 10 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

9. Koalas.

Indoor facilities with natural light sources such as windows and skylights shall be provided. Temperature extremes shall be avoided. The ambient temperature shall not be lower than 550 F nor exceed 850 F.

a. For one or two animals, a cage, or enclosure, 8 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and horizontal climbing apparatus.

c. Shade must be provided at all times and such animals must be protected from the heat.

(j) Hedgehogs, tenrecs, and solendons.

1. For one or two animals, a cage 2 feet by 2 feet, 2 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage length by 50 percent.

2. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

(k) Edentates (e.g., armadillos, pangolins, anteaters, sloth)

1. All armadillos except giant armadillo

a. For one or two animals, a cage or enclosure, 4 feet by 4 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage length by 25 percent.

b. Cage floors shall include an area of sufficient depth to provide for digging. Each cage shall be provided with a den(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

2. Giant armadillo

a. For one or two animals, a cage 10 feet by 12 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage length by 25 percent.

b. Cage floors shall include an area of sufficient depth to provide for digging. Each cage shall be provided with a den(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

3. Pangolin

a. For one or two animals, a cage 10 feet by 10 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

b. Cage floors shall include an area of sufficient depth to provide for digging. Climbing apparatus shall be provided for arboreal species. A pool or tub of water shall be provided that shall accommodate the animal(s). Each cage shall be provided with a den(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

4. Anteaters and aardvarks

a. Small anteaters

(I) For one or two animals, a cage 8 feet by 8 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage length by 25 percent.

(II) Cage floors shall include an area of sufficient depth to provide for digging. Climbing apparatus shall be provided for arboreal species. Each cage shall be provided with arboreal nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

b. Giant anteaters and aardvarks

(I) For one or two animals, a cage 10 feet by 12 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage size by 25 percent of original floor area.

(II) Cage floor shall include an area of sufficient depth to provide for digging. Climbing apparatus shall be provided for arboreal species. Each cage shall be provided with a den(s) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

5. Sloth (e.g., two-toed and three-toed).

In addition to the requirements for this section, each cage or enclosure shall have an accessible device to provide physical stimulation or manipulation compatible with the species. Such device shall be noninjurious, and may include, but is not limited to, natural or artificial trees, tree limbs, etc. Each cage shall have a shelter(s) or den(s) or nest box(es).

a. For one or two animals, a cage 4 feet by 6 feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the cage length by 25 percent.

b. Each cage shall have perching area(s) and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have horizontal climbing apparatus large enough to accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

(l) Bats

1. Bats with a wingspread from 2-6 feet

a. For up to 6 animals, an enclosure 21 feet by 21 feet, 6 feet high. Each enclosure shall be designed to encourage uninterrupted flight by incorporating a center structure to impede cross flights. The available flight area shall be no less than 1.5 times the wingspread of the largest bat in the enclosure. The center structure may incorporate nest boxes, feeding stations, trees, resting shelves, perches, columns, etc. For each additional animal, increase the enclosure size by 15 percent of the original floor area.

b. Each cage shall have perching areas and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have climbing apparatus.

2. Bats with a wingspread less than 2 feet.

a. The enclosure shall be large enough to permit aerial maneuvering within the enclosure.

b. Each cage shall have perching areas and nest box(es) that shall accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously. Each cage shall have climbing apparatus.

(m) Odd- and even-toed animals

In addition to the enclosure requirements for this paragraph, each enclosure shall have a shelter(s).

1. Equids (e.g., zebras, asses) and large non-cusorial bovids (e.g., wild cattle, African buffalo, bison)

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 1,250 square feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

2. Cervids (deer family) and cursorial bovids (antelope)

a. Large (e.g., elk, sambar, red deer, sable antelope, eland, wildebeest, and deer and antelope of similar size)

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 1,250 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

b. Medium (e.g., white-tailed, fallow, axis, sika, pronghorn, deer and antelope of similar size)

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 800 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

c. Small (e.g., roe, dikdik, muntjac, brocket, pudu, Chinese water deer, musk deer, deer and antelope of similar size)

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 450 square feet, 5 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

3. Camelids (e.g., vicuna and guanaco)

a. For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 800 square feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

b. Giraffes, okapi

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 1,500 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

4. Tapirs

a. For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 500 square feet, 6 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

b. Each enclosure shall have a pool of water, 60 square feet, 3 feet deep, equipped with a ramp or steps. For each additional animal, increase pool surface area by 25 percent of original area.

5. Wild swine (Suidae) and peccaries

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 200 square feet, 4 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

6. Wild goats/sheep (Caprinae) (e.g., musk ox, goral, serow, takin)

For one or two animals, a paddock enclosing 500 square feet, 8 feet high. For each additional animal, increase paddock by 25 percent of the original footage.

(n) Elephants

1. Non-performance.

For one animal in a non-performing static facility, a paddock enclosing 1,500 square feet, 6 feet high, with access to a shelter. For each additional animal, increase paddock size by 50 percent of the original area. Elephants which are tethered within such enclosure shall be provided with daily unrestrained movement periods, unless daily tethering is necessary due to the following situations:

a. Elephant needs restraining due to a training period;

b. Elephant is aggressive toward people or other animals in the compound;

c. Elephant is undergoing medical treatment or research;

d. Elephant is restrained for security or breeding purposes;

e. Constant tethering shall not exceed 14 days without a written justification from a veterinarian. Tethering shall permit normal postural movement of the elephant.

2. Performing

a. For one performing animal, a paddock enclosing not less than 700 square feet, 6 feet high, with access to a shelter. For each additional performing animal, increase paddock size by 50 percent of the original area. Elephants may be tethered in such enclosure; however, such restraint shall permit normal postural movements.

b. No facility shall utilize the performing elephant paddock dimensions prior to written approval by the Commission. To obtain such approval, the permittee shall provide written documentation to the Commission of exercise intervals and scheduled performances. The exercise intervals shall be of such frequency, intensity and duration as to provide for the health and welfare of the animal over an extended period. Such information shall be verifiable by Commission personnel through inspections.

c. When not kept in a paddock, performing, or being exercised, elephants shall either be (1) tethered, or (2) enclosed by an electric fence under the direct, on site, supervision of at least one qualified trainer/handler (see Rule 68A-6.0042(2), (3)(c), F.A.C.), in an area not accessible to the public.

(o) Rhinos

1. For one animal, a paddock enclosing 1,500 square feet, 5 feet high. For each additional animal, increase the paddock by 50 percent of original paddock area.

2. Access to a shelter shall be provided.

(p) Hippopotamus (e.g., Nile and pygmy)

1. Nile

a. For one animal, a paddock enclosing 1,500 square feet, 5 feet high, with a pool of water, 120 square feet, 5 feet deep, equipped with a ramp or steps. For each additional animal, increase paddock and pool surface area by 50 percent of original area.

b. Access to a shelter shall be provided.

2. Pygmy

a. For up to two animals, a paddock enclosing 600 square feet, 4 feet high, with a pool of water 80 square feet, 3 feet deep, equipped with a ramp or steps. For each additional animal, increase paddock and pool surface area by 25 percent of original area.

b. Access to a shelter shall be provided.

(q) Reptiles and amphibians

1. Reptiles

In addition to requirements for this section, each enclosure shall be provided with an environment or devices that allow for temperature regulation necessary to ensure the well-being of the species. The environment or devices shall be non-injurious, and may include, but are not limited to ambient temperature, hot rocks, artificial lights, natural sunlight and heat strips. Each enclosure shall be provided with a non-injurious substrate, including but not limited to gravel, newspaper, processed wood shavings, rocks, sand, or indoor-outdoor carpet. Arboreal species of snakes or lizards shall be provided with a perch of sufficient height to allow for such specimen to perch or bask without any portion of its body or tail touching the floor, sides or roof of the enclosure. Enclosure sizes for all snakes or lizards shall be based on the total length of the longest specimen in the enclosure.

a. Snakes and glass lizards

(I) Snakes, except as otherwise provided, and glass lizards:

For up to two specimens, a cage or enclosure having a perimeter equal to the length of the longest specimen, the width of the cage shall be ten inches or not less than 30 percent of the length of the longest specimen which ever is greater, and enclosure shall not be required to exceed 3 feet. For each additional specimen, increase perimeter by 10 percent.

(II) Blood pythons or large constrictors that exceed 12 feet upon maturity: Boas, pythons, or anacondas

(A) Specimens up to 5 feet in length.

For up to two specimens, a cage or enclosure 2.5 feet by 1 foot. For each additional specimen increase perimeter by 10 percent. Constrictors of this size possessed for exhibition or sale are exempt from this minimum cage requirement but shall meet the requirements as indicated for snakes and glass lizards.

(B) Specimens 5 feet to 12 feet in length.

For up to two specimens, a cage or enclosure with a perimeter equal to 1.25 times the length of the longest specimen. The width of the cage shall not be less than 30 percent of the length of the longest specimen and shall not be required to exceed 3 feet. For each additional specimen, increase perimeter by 10 percent.

(C) Specimens greater than 12 feet in length.

For up to two specimens, a cage or enclosure with a perimeter equal to the length of the longest specimen. The width of the cage shall not be required to exceed 3 feet. For each additional specimen, increase perimeter by 10 percent.

b. Lizards (other than glass lizards).

(I) Lizards up to 6 inches in length. For one or two lizards, a cage or enclosure 12 inches by 8 inches, 6 inches high. For each additional lizard, increase enclosure size by one inch in length and width.

(II) Lizards 7 to 12 inches in length.

For one or two lizards, a cage or enclosure 20 inches by 10 inches, 12 inches high. For each additional lizard, increase size by two inches in length and width.

(III) Lizards 13 to 24 inches in length.

For one or two lizards, a cage or enclosure 30 inches by 12 inches, 12 inches high. For each additional lizard, increase size by three inches in length and width.

(IV) Lizards 25 to 36 inches in length.

For one or two lizards, a cage or enclosure 48 inches by 16 inches, 20 inches high. For each additional lizard, increase size by 10 inches or 25 percent in length and width.

(V) Lizards 37 inches to 6 feet in length.

For one or two lizards, a cage or enclosure 6 feet by 3 feet, 4 feet high. For each additional lizard, increase size by 25 percent of the original floor area.

(VI) Lizards over 6 feet in length.

For one or two lizards, a cage or enclosure 9 feet by 6 feet, 4.5 feet high. For each additional lizard, increase the size by 25 percent of original floor area.

c. Turtles, Tortoises and box turtles.

Each enclosure for turtles, tortoises and box turtles shall have a pool of water. The pool area shall equal no less than two (2) times the shell width by two (2) times the shell length. For turtles, other than tortoises and box turtles, such pool shall allow submersion of the largest turtle. For soft-shelled turtles, a non-abrasive pool bottom is required. Enclosure and pool sizes for all turtles, tortoises and box turtles shall be based upon the size of the largest specimen in the enclosure.

(I) Turtles (other than tortoises and box turtles):

For one or two turtles, an enclosure with an area at least five times the shell length by two times the shell width of the largest turtle. The pool area shall equal no less than two times the shell width, by two times the shell length of the largest turtle. A dry resting area equal to the size of the shell of the largest turtle shall be provided. For each additional specimen, increase original floor area and pool area by 10 percent.

(II) Tortoises and box turtles:

For one or two tortoises or box turtles, an enclosure with a floor area 10 times the shell size of the largest specimen in the enclosure. For additional specimens, the combined area covered by all their bodies shall not exceed 50 percent of enclosure area.

d. Crocodilians.

(I) For one animal, an enclosure of sufficient size to permit moving and turning both on a dry area and in a pool of water, the water being of sufficient depth to permit submersion.

(II) For additional animals, the combined area covered by all their bodies shall not exceed 50 percent of enclosure area.

e. Amphibians. Aquatic amphibians shall be kept in water filled tanks, or aquaria. Semi-aquatic amphibians shall be kept in enclosures, tanks, or aquaria, with a water area and a dry area that shall permit moving and turning. Both the dry area and the water area shall provide room to accommodate all animals in the enclosure simultaneously.

(r) Birds. Perching birds shall be provided with a perch of a diameter sufficient to prevent the meeting of the bird's claws, and of sufficient height to prevent floor contact. Perches and perching areas shall be sufficient to accommodate all birds in the enclosure simultaneously. Perches shall be constructed in a manner and of materials that provide for effective cleaning or replacement to insure the health of the birds. Enclosures shall be provided with shelter(s).

1. Psittacine and small Passerines

a. Large (e.g., large cockatoos, large macaws, including Palm cockatoos, green-winged and similar sized birds)

For one or two birds, a cage providing space sufficient to permit perching without the tail feathers touching the floor and provide for head clearance with normal posturing, with a minimum cage dimension to allow full extension of both wings. These measurements shall be based on the largest bird in the enclosure. For each additional bird, increase perimeter by 25 percent.

b. Medium (e.g., medium-sized parrots, lories and large conures including Amazons, Patagonian and similar sized birds).

For one or two birds, a cage 18 inches by 18 inches, 2 feet high. For each additional bird, increase perimeter by 25 percent.

c. Small (e.g., parrots, cockatiels, lories and parakeets)

For up to four birds, a cage 1 foot by 2 feet, 10 inches high. For each additional bird, increase perimeter by 25 percent.

d. Very-small (e.g., canaries, finches, and similar-sized birds (except hummingbirds)).

For up to 2 birds, a cage 8 inches by 8 inches, 8 inches high. For each additional bird, increase perimeter by 25 percent.

e. Hummingbirds and sunbirds.

For up to 5 birds, a cage 4 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet. For each additional bird, increase original floor area by 10 percent.

f. Small and medium passerine birds (e.g., jays, doves, pigeons, starlings and other similar-sized birds)

For up to two birds, a cage 3 feet by 2 feet, 3 feet high. For each additional bird, increase perimeter by 25 percent.

g. Large passerine (e.g., ravens, crows, magpies, small hornbills and similar-sized birds)

For up to two birds, a cage 4 feet by 4 feet, 6 feet high. For each additional bird increase original floor area by 25 percent.

h. Ground hornbills, Indian great hornbills, crowned pigeons and similar sized birds

(I) For up to three birds, a cage having 144 square feet of floor area, 6 feet high, with a perch elevated 4 feet above the floor.

(II) For each additional bird, increase cage original floor area by 25 percent.

2. Waterfowl.

a. Small to Medium (e.g., green-winged teal, mallard and similar sizes ducks, geese)

(I) For up to four birds, a cage with 75 square feet of land area and 7.5 square feet of water area.

(II) For each additional adult bird, increase enclosure and pool size by 25 percent.

b. Large (e.g., geese, swans, and similar size)

(I) For up to four birds, an enclosure with 150 square feet of land and 15 square feet of water area.

(II) For each additional adult bird, increase enclosure and pool size by 25 percent.

3. Eagles, hawks, owls, vultures, toucans and toucanets

a. For each bird, an enclosure 2 wingspreads by 3 wingspreads. The roof shall be of sufficient height to permit bird to perch erect on the highest perch.

b. For each additional bird, increase cage length by 50 percent and width by 25 percent.

c. Birds of prey used for falconry demonstrations shall be kept as specified in paragraph 68A-9.005(4), F.A.C.

4. Large ground-dwelling (e.g., Congo peafowl, Javan peafowl, curassows, wild turkeys, brush turkeys (moundbuilders), large grouse, capricali, and sage hen) (exhibit only)

a. For up to five birds, a cage having 144 square feet of floor, 6 feet high, with the perch elevated 4 feet above the floor.

b. For each additional bird, increase original floor area by 10 percent.

5. Lesser game birds (e.g., pheasants, wild guinea fowl, tragopans, snowcocks, partridge, grouse, chachalacas, guans) (exhibit only)

a. For up to five birds, a cage having 100 square feet of floor, 6 feet high, with the perch elevated 30 inches.

b. For each additional bird, increase original floor area 10 percent.

6. Quail (e.g., bob-white quail, scaled quail, button quail, and other species) (exhibit only)

a. For a pair, a cage 2 feet by 2 feet, 1 foot high.

b. For each additional animal, increase original floor area by 10 percent.

7. Wading birds (e.g., flamingos, ibises, spoonbills, herons, egrets, cranes, storks and their allies) and certain shore birds (plovers and sandpipers)

a. For up to five, a cage of 144 square feet, with a wading pool of water covering 14 square feet.

b. For each additional bird, increase original floor area by 25 percent.

8. Diving, skimming fish-eaters (e.g., pelicans, cormorants, anhinga, frigate birds, gannets, boobies, albatrosses, sheerwaters, petrels, sheepbills)

a. For up to two birds, a cage of 144 square feet, one half of which will be a pool of water, 18 inches deep.

b. For each additional bird, increase original paddock area by 25 percent.

9. Penguins (e.g., Humboldts, Emporer, King, Jackass, etc.), puffins, murres, auks

a. Puffins, murres, auks

For up to two birds, a cage of 100 square feet, one half of which shall be a pool of water, three feet deep. For each additional animal, increase original floor area and pool size by 25 percent.

b. Penguins-large (e.g., Emporer, King, and southernmost species).

For up to two birds, a cage of 100 square feet, one half of which shall be a pool of water, three feet deep with flowing water, 55-degree Fahrenheit or less. For each additional animal, increase original floor area and pool size by 25 percent.

c. Penguins-small (e.g., Humboldts, blackfoot and northernmost species).

For up to two birds, a cage of 80 square feet, one half of which shall be a pool of water, two feet deep. For each additional bird, increase original floor area and pool size by 25 percent.

10. Ratites (e.g., ostrich, rhea, emu, cassowary)

a. For one or two birds, a paddock enclosing 500 square feet, four feet high (six feet for ostriches) with an attached shaded, protected area.

b. For each additional bird, increase original paddock area by 25 percent.

(5) Effective date: All cage and enclosure requirements in this rule shall not take effect until January 1, 2008.

Adopted Aug. 1, 1979; Amended June 22, 1980, June 4, 1981; Transferred from 39-9.03; Amended June 21, 1982; Transferred from 39-6.04; Amended May 10, 1987, Apr. 13, 1988, July 1, 1990, Sept. 1, 1990, Apr. 14, 1992, Feb. 1, 1998; Transferred from 39-6.004; Amended Jan. 1, 2008; Amended Aug. 27, 2009.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.303, 379.304 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0041. Exceptions to Standard Caging Requirements for Captive Wildlife.

Wildlife may be temporarily housed in cages or enclosures smaller than the sizes set forth in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C., only under the following circumstances:

(1) For transport and for performing and non-performing animals as specified in Rule 68A-6.005, F.A.C.

(2) Wildlife being held for sale by those persons properly licensed pursuant to Section 379.3761 or 379.3711, F.S., or for veterinary care, or quarantine may be temporarily housed or caged in smaller cages or enclosures for a period not to exceed 60 days. With written notification to the Commission, this period may be extended in circumstances where a licensed veterinarian has certified that a longer holding period is medically necessary in the interests of the health, safety and welfare of the subject animals or the public. Medical records concerning all animals for which an extension of the 60-day period is obtained shall be maintained at the facility and shall be made available for inspection, upon request, by Commission personnel. The caging or enclosure of all wildlife temporarily held under this section shall not be smaller than that required for the caged animal to stand up, lie down, and turn around without touching the sides of the enclosure or another animal. All wildlife thus caged or housed shall be permanently marked or their enclosures shall be permanently marked, so as to be traceable to written records indicating the date the wildlife was placed in temporary holding. Such records shall be maintained and made available for inspection by Commission personnel. Commission personnel shall direct dealers to mark wildlife temporarily if, upon inspection, there is no record indicating the date the wildlife was placed in temporary holding.

(3) The standard caging requirements, as defined in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C., except for the fencing requirements, shall not apply to facilities possessing ratites (ostriches, rheas, emus, and cassowaries) for propagation purposes only and not for public exhibition or as personal pets. Facilities possessing bison for propagation purposes only and not for public exhibition or as personal pets are exempt from the standard caging requirements, as defined in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C.

(4) Newborn and juvenile mammals may be temporarily kept in enclosures below the standard caging requirements and are exempted from the facility requirements of subparagraphs 68A-6.003(5)(e)1.-2., F.A.C., and structural strength requirements, Rule 68A-6.003, F.A.C., as follows:

(a) Newborn mammals may be kept in incubation and rearing facilities. Nursing young may be maintained with their parents with no increase in required cage size for the adult animal for up to twelve weeks, provided that documentation is available to show the age of the young. Such time may be extended with a veterinarian's statement, showing that such size cage is required for the continued health and welfare of the animals until a certain date.

(b) Juvenile mammals may be kept in enclosures that meet or exceed the size specification in subsection (2) of this section provided that:

1. Written documentation is available to verify the age of the animal.

2. The animal is marked or otherwise identifiable.

3. The animal shall be provided space for exercise on a daily basis.

4. Cages that meet the standard caging requirements shall be provided for Class I and Class II carnivores when they reach 25 pounds or six months of age, whichever comes first. Class III carnivores shall be provided cages that meet the standard caging requirements at six months of age. Class I, II, and III primates shall be provided cages that meet standard caging requirements at twelve (12) months of age.

(5) Hatchling/fledgling birds and newborn reptiles and amphibians may be held in enclosures that allow for normal postural movements and social adjustments that ensure the health and sanitary needs of the animals.

(6) Birds held temporarily for exhibit only and not for sale may be kept in show cages or enclosures for a maximum of three (3) days, provided that, such birds have sufficient space for perching without touching the sides, top, or bottom of the cage and the health and sanitary needs of the birds are met. Water shall be available in the show cages at all times.

(7) Reptiles and amphibians held temporarily for herptile shows, expositions, and exhibits may be kept for a maximum of three (3) days in enclosures that allow for normal postural movements and social adjustments and that ensure the health and sanitary needs of the animals.

(8) Cages or enclosures for mobility-impaired animals shall meet standard caging requirements, unless it can be demonstrated that such cage or enclosure, or its required accessories, are detrimental to the health or welfare of the animal. In such cases, written documentation by a veterinarian confirming the need for such exemption shall be maintained by the permittee and made available to Commission employees upon request.

(9) For animals held at exotic animal auctions, flea markets, and animal swap meets, said animals may be kept in enclosures that meet the size requirements of subsection (2) provided that such wildlife is maintained in accordance with paragraphs (9)(a)-(g) below. The owner of said wildlife shall be responsible for the welfare of such animals, unless such wildlife is consigned to an auctioneer or other sales representative, at which time the consignee shall be responsible.

(a) Wildlife shall be transported and held in non-injurious enclosures, under conditions that provide fresh air without injurious drafts, and shall be provided protection from the elements.

(b) Wildlife shall be protected from temperature extremes that could be detrimental to the health and welfare of the animals.

(c) Birds and mammals shall be watered at least twice during each twelve hour period.

(d) Fecal and food waste shall be removed from the wildlife's enclosures daily.

(e) Wildlife held in the same enclosures shall be kept in compatible groups.

(f) Wildlife cages/enclosures shall not be stacked over other cages/enclosures unless excreta is prevented from entering lower cages/enclosures.

(g) Sick or injured wildlife shall be afforded prompt veterinary treatment.

The owner of said wildlife shall be responsible for the welfare of such animals, unless such wildlife is consigned to an auctioneer or other sales representative, at which time the consignee shall be responsible.

Adopted July 1, 1990; Amended July 1, 1992, Feb. 1, 1998; Transferred from 39-6.0041; Amended Aug. 27, 2009.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.302, 379.303, 379.3711 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0042. Elephant Rides.

(1) No person, firm, or corporation shall use elephants for rides without first obtaining special authorization. Such authorization shall be affixed to the authorized entity's license issued under Section 379.3761, F.S., as provided in this rule.

(2) Qualifications for Elephant Ride Authorization

(a) Safety record: Applicants for elephant ride authorization shall include in their initial application or application renewal, information that will identify, by drawings and/or photographs, the animal(s) that will be used in the rides. The application, or application renewal, shall also include a certified statement on the complete safety record of the animal(s). No elephant that has caused a serious injury or death to a handler, trainer, member of the public, or other person within five years prior to application, shall be used for rides. Incidents that occurred prior to the five year period may be reviewed by the Commission for possible exclusion of the elephant for rides, in accordance with the following factors:

1. The circumstances surrounding the injuries caused by the elephant.

2. The seriousness or extent of injuries, or number of individuals affected.

3. The number of incidents in which the elephant was involved.

The Commission shall have final approval authority regarding the use of elephants authorized for rides following consideration of the above factors. In addition, if an elephant(s) is involved in a safety incident subsequent to the approval of the application, but prior to entering the State of Florida, or while performing in the state, Commission law enforcement personnel may direct the animal to be removed from all exhibition activities until the conclusion of the investigation or prosecution.

(b) Safeguards: Applicants shall provide documentation of safeguards to insure public safety. This documentation shall include:

1. An emergency plan for protecting the public that specifies what to do in case of elephant incidents; where tranquilizing equipment or firearms are kept; who is to use tranquilizing equipment and firearms, and when they shall be used to capture, control, or destroy escaped or out-of-control animals.

2. Such equipment, and an employee trained in the use of such equipment, shall be on the premises at all times that such wildlife is in a public contact situation.

(c) Experienced supervision: All elephant rides shall be supervised by a minimum of one qualified handler and one assistant. Applicants shall provide documentation that the handler has had not less than six months of experience in elephant handling. Such handler and assistant shall be in the immediate presence of the elephant at all times when the elephant is in a position to be in direct contact with the public. Applicants shall include the names of handlers and the experience documentation in their initial application, and in their renewal applications thereafter.

(d) Barriers: A protective physical barrier shall be present between the elephant and the public at all elephant ride sites. Such barrier shall prevent bystanders from touching the animal. Applicants shall include in their application package photos or drawings of barriers they intend to use and a description of materials used to construct such barriers.

Adopted Feb. 1, 1998; Transferred from 39-6.0042.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.005. Transportation Requirements for Wildlife; Caging Requirements for Performing and Non-Performing Animals.

(1) No person shall import, export, transport, ship or deliver in interstate or intrastate commerce any container or package containing any live wildlife unless each container or package bares, in a conspicuous place on the outside, a tag with both the name and address of the shipper and consignee and the exact contents of the package. The exact content of the package shall include an accurate and legible list by species scientific name, common name and number of each species included in the entire shipment.

(2) General requirements for transporting wildlife in vehicles. This rule subsection applies to all Class I, all Class II and all Class III animals except those listed in subsection 68A-6.0022(2), F.A.C. No vehicle shall be used in transporting any wildlife except as follows:

(a) Vehicles shall be equipped to provide fresh air without injurious drafts and adequate protection from the elements to all animals.

(b) The animal traveling area shall be free of engine exhaust fumes.

(c) Fecal and food wastes shall be removed from the animal quarters daily.

(d) Animal cages shall have openings for emergency removal of wildlife.

(e) Wildlife in transport shall be protected from extremes in temperature that could be detrimental to the health and welfare of the animal.

(f) Wildlife transported in the same cage area shall be in compatible groups.

(g) Wildlife must be transported in a cage or enclosure. The cage or enclosure must be labeled “Live Animal” and list the number of specimens and common and scientific name of the wildlife. For wildlife that is transported in a trailer or compartment of a trailer, a label stating “Live Animal” must be affixed to the trailer access or loading door and the list containing the number of specimens and common and scientific name of the wildlife must be maintained in the vehicle. The animal's cage or enclosure shall be as follows:

1. Be of sufficient strength and security to prevent escape.

2. Large enough to ensure that each specimen has sufficient space to turn, stand erect, and lie naturally. Provided, however that certain species may be restricted in their movements according to professionally acceptable standards when such freedom of movement would constitute a danger to the animals, their handlers, or other persons. Elephants shall be tethered during transport (except nursing young).

(h) Wildlife shall not be placed in enclosures over other specimens unless each enclosure is fitted with floor which prevents excreta from entering lower enclosures.

(i) Wildlife shall be watered twice daily and fed daily.

(3) Mobile Exhibits - Performing Animals. No mobile exhibit shall utilize the performing animal caging dimensions prior to approval by the Commission. To obtain such approval, the permittee shall provide written schedules to the Commission of wildlife exercise intervals and scheduled performances. The exercise intervals shall be of such frequency, intensity and duration as to provide for the health and welfare of the animal over an extended period, provided that the animals shall not be caged without exercise or performances for more than a 72-hour period. Performing and exercise information shall be verifiable by Commission personnel through inspections. Performing animals used in mobile exhibits shall not be confined in any cage or enclosure that is smaller in dimension; or is not equipped as follows:

(a) Class I and Class II Carnivores (i.e., lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, pumas, bears, hyenas, wolves).

For a single animal, a cage which shall permit the animal to turn or stand on all fours with head clearance, and confined in such a manner so that no animal can injure another. For Class I animals, cages shall be constructed of steel, case hardened aluminum, alloy, or strength equivalent material. If bars are used, bars shall be spaced no more than 2 inches apart. For Class II animals, cage construction shall not be less than 11 1/2 gauge chain link or strength equivalent material. Cages of Class I and Class II animals that the public can access, shall be equipped with a physical barrier, which is made of a material to prevent the public from coming in contact with the animals. All cages shall have secure locking devices.

(b) Primates, Class I and Class II. For a single animal, a cage which shall permit the animal to turn and stand erect with head clearance, confined in such a manner so that no animal can injure another. For Class I animals, cages shall be constructed of steel, case hardened aluminum, alloy or strength equivalent material. If bars are used, bars shall be spaced no more than 2 inches apart. For Class II animals, cage construction shall not be less than 11 1/2 gauge chain link or strength equivalent material. Cages of Class I and Class II animals that the public can access, shall be equipped with a physical barrier, which is made of a material to prevent the public from coming in contact with the animals. All cages shall have secure locking devices.

(c) Elephants. When not performing or being exercised, elephants shall either be:

1. Securely tethered.

2. Enclosed by an electric fence, under the supervision of at least one qualified handler in accordance with paragraph 68A-6.0042(2)(c), F.A.C., and in an area not accessible to the public.

(d) Class III Animals. For a single animal, a cage which shall permit the animal to turn and stand on all fours, or stand erect, with head clearance, confined in such a manner so that no animal can injure another.

(e) Time limitation on smaller travel caging allowed for housing performing animals. For performing wildlife possessed by traveling zoos and other traveling acts, wildlife shall be housed in cages or enclosures that meet or exceed the specifications as provided in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C., whenever such wildlife is housed in such travel cages or enclosures for more than 90 days. Performing wildlife shall not be kept in cages or enclosures below the size required by the standard caging requirements for more than a total of 90 days out of each 120 day period. Such mobile exhibits shall provide an itinerary of planned exhibition times and locations with annual renewal applications.

(4) Mobile Exhibits - Non-Performing Animals. Non-performing wildlife in mobile exhibits shall not be confined in any cage or enclosure that is smaller in dimension or is not equipped as follows:

(a) Class I and Class II Carnivores (i.e., lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, pumas, bears, hyenas, wolves).

For a single animal, the cage length shall be double the body length (excluding tail), with a width that is equal to the body length, and a height that permits the animal to stand on all fours with head clearance. For two or more animals kept together, add one-third more cage length for each additional animal. For Class I animals, cages shall be constructed of steel, case hardened aluminum, alloy or strength equivalent material. If bars are used, bars shall be spaced no more than 2 inches apart. For Class II animals, cage construction shall not be less than 11 1/2 gauge chain link or strength equivalent material. Cages of Class I and Class II animals that the public can access, shall be equipped with a physical barrier, which is made of a material to prevent the public from coming in contact with the animals. All cages shall have secure locking devices.

(b) Primates. All cages shall be well ventilated and shall have secure locking devices. Each cage shall have an overhead pull bar and a seat. For two or more animals kept together, add one-third more cage length for each additional animal. For Class I animals, cages shall be constructed of steel, case hardened aluminum, alloy or strength equivalent material. If bars are used, bars shall be spaced no more than 2 inches apart. For Class II animals, cage construction shall not be less than 11 1/2 gauge chain link or strength equivalent material. Cages of Class I and Class II animals that the public can access, shall be equipped with a physical barrier, which is made of a material to prevent the public from coming in contact with the animals.

1. Gorillas. For a single animal, a cage 8 feet by 8 feet, with a height at least 2 feet over the standing height of the animal.

2. Orangutan. For a single animal, a cage 7 feet by 7 feet, with a height at least two feet over standing height of the animal.

3. Adult chimpanzee. For a single animal, a cage 6 1/2 feet by 6 1/2 feet, with a height at least two feet over standing height of the animal.

4. Chimpanzees up to 50 pounds and macaques. For a single animal, a cage 5 feet by 5 feet, with a height at least two feet over standing height of the animal.

(c) Elephants. For one animal in a non-performing capacity, a paddock that is double the body length in length and equal to the body length in width. For two or more animals kept together, increase square footage by one third for each additional animal. Other than for exercise periods, elephants not kept in a paddock shall either be:

1. Securely tethered.

2. Enclosed by an electric fence under the direct, on-site supervision of a least one qualified handler in accordance with paragraph 68A-6.0042(2)(c), F.A.C., and in an area not accessible to the public.

(d) Class III animals (except reptiles). For a single animal, the cage length shall be double the body length (excluding tail), with a width that is equal to the body length, and a height that will permit the animal to stand on all fours, or stand erect, with head clearance. For two or more animals kept together, add one third more cage length for each additional animal.

(e) Time limitation on smaller travel caging allowed for housing non-performing animals. For non-performing wildlife possessed by traveling zoos and other traveling acts, wildlife shall be housed in standard cage specifications as provided in Rule 68A6.004, F.A.C., whenever such wildlife is present in such travel cages or enclosures for more than 45 days. Non-performing wildlife shall not be kept in cages or enclosures below the size required by the standard caging requirements for more than a total of 45 days out of each 90 day period. Such mobile exhibits shall provide an itinerary of planned exhibition times and locations with annual renewal applications.

Adopted Aug. 1, 1979; Amended June 22, 1980, June 4, 1981; Transferred from 39-9.03; Amended June 21, 1982; Transferred from 39-6.05; Amended May 10, 1987, Feb. 1, 1998; Transferred from 39-6.005; Amended Aug. 27, 2009. Amended June 7, 2010.

Authority: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.303, 379.304 FS. History-New 8-1-79, Amended 6-22-80, 6-4-81, Formerly 39-9.03, Amended 6-21-82, Formerly 39-6.05, Amended 5-10-87, 2-1-98, Formerly 39-6.005, Amended 8-27-09, 6-7-10.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.006. Dealing in Exotic or Pet Birds: Records.

(1) Any person engaging in the business of breeding or the purchase or sale of exotic birds or birds customarily kept as pets shall be licensed as provided in Section 379.3761, F.S.

(2) Any person who sells or transfers any live non-native bird to another shall maintain documentation for a period of 24 months following such sale or transfer. Such documentation shall include:

(a) The name and complete address of the recipient.

(b) The date of sale or transfer.

(c) The number and species of birds sold.

(3) All records of sales or transfers shall be open to inspection by commission personnel and to authorized agents of state or federal public health agencies.

Adopted June 21, 1982; Transferred from 39-6.06; Transferred from 39-6.006.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.3761 FS. Law Implemented 379.303, 379.304, 379.3762 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.007. Possession, Transportation, Exhibition and Caging Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern.

(1) Any person who keeps, possesses, exhibits or sells any venomous reptiles or reptile of concern shall comply with Sections 379.303, 379.304, 379.305, 379.372, 379.373, 379.374 and 379.3761, F.S., and the provisions of subsection 68-5.002(4), F.A.C., and this rule. The following reptiles, including their taxonomic successors, subspecies or hybrids thereof, are designated as reptiles of concern: None listed at this time.

(2) General qualifications: Applicants for authorization to possess venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern shall:

(a) Be at least 18 years old at the time of application.

(b) Not have been convicted of any violation of venomous reptile or reptile of concern or captive wildlife regulations involving unsafe housing of wildlife or that could potentially endanger the public; any violation involving the illegal commercialization of wildlife; any violation involving cruelty to animals; or any violation involving importation of wildlife within three (3) years of the date of application.

(c) Shall specify the location of the facility at which the venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern shall be maintained. Facilities for venomous reptiles shall be inspected and approved by Commission personnel prior to the issuance of the permit and placement of animals at the facility location.

(3) Experience requirements: Applicants for authorization to possess venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern shall meet the following experience requirements.

(a) Venomous reptiles: Any person or entity not currently permitted to posses or exhibit venomous reptiles must qualify for a permit by meeting the following criteria:

1. Applicants shall demonstrate no less than one (1) year of substantial practical experience (to consist of no less than 1,000 hours) in the care, feeding, handling and husbandry of the species or other species within the same biological family which are similar in characteristics and care to the species for which the permit is sought. For the purposes of demonstrating compliance, applicants shall submit documentation of such experience including:

a. A description of the specific experience acquired.

b. The dates the experience was obtained and the specific location(s) where acquired.

c. References of no less than two (2) individuals, no more than one of which may be a relative of the applicant, having personal knowledge of the applicant's stated experience. One of these references must be licensed by the commission for venomous reptiles of the same family for which the applicant is seeking authorization or a representative of a professional organization or governmental institution. Examples of such organizations or institutions include, but are not limited to, universities, public service agencies, zoological associations, herpetological societies and veterinarians.

d. Additional documentation may include records of prior permits for the keeping of venomous reptiles, employment records, and any other competent documentation of the requisite experience.

2. If the applicant is unable to document such experience, as an alternative the applicant may take a written examination. The successful completion of a written examination for the particular species or family, administered by the Division of Law Enforcement, together with the documentation of not less than 500 hours of substantial practical experience in the care, feeding, handling and husbandry of the species or family for which the permit is sought may be substituted for the one year/1,000-hour requirement. Applicants scoring at least 80 percent correct on the examination shall be deemed as meeting the examination requirement for the particular species or family.

3. Providing false information to document the applicant's experience, by the applicant or any reference, is prohibited as provided in Sections 837.012 and 837.06, F.S.

4. Any licensed corporation authorized to do business in Florida may apply for a permit or other authorization to possess venomous reptiles. Such corporation must have qualified personnel responsible for the care of such venomous reptiles. The corporation must provide documentation of experience for at least one person. Such person shall comply with the requirements defined in paragraphs 68A-6.007(2)(a)-(b) and subparagraphs (3)(a)1.-3., F.A.C., above. Such documentation of experience shall be submitted to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, and subject to approval upon initial application and upon each instance of change in qualified personnel.

(b) Reptiles of concern: On or after January 1, 2008, any person or entity not currently permitted to possess reptiles of concern must qualify for a permit by including with the application a satisfactorily completed questionnaire developed by the Commission that assesses the applicant's knowledge of general husbandry, nutritional, and behavioral characteristic of the reptile of concern to be possessed.

(4) Facility requirements: All persons licensed to keep, possess, or exhibit venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern shall provide safe, secure and proper housing for said reptiles in cases, cages, pits or enclosures. It shall be unlawful for any person whether licensed or not to keep, possess, or exhibit any venomous reptile or reptile of concern in any manner not approved as safe, secure and proper by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern shall be kept in cages, cases, pits or enclosures of the following specifications:

(a) Cage may be constructed of a variety of materials including: plate glass of at least one-quarter inch thickness, break-resistant plastic of similar strength, concrete reinforced with wire, sheet metal, molded fiberglass, plywood or interlocking lumber that has been treated to be impervious to moisture and is not less than one-half inch in thickness, or other materials which provide equivalent stability and security against escape and unauthorized intrusion. Cages and doors to cages shall be sealed. The doors of each cage shall be securely locked by a device operated by a key, combination, key card or other locking device approved by the commission to prevent unauthorized intrusion.

(b) A room or out building may contain venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern in cages that are not locked provided that such a room or out building is locked by a device operated by a key, combination, key card or other locking device approved by the Commission to prevent unauthorized intrusion, is inaccessible to unauthorized personnel, is constructed and maintained as to be escape-proof, and has been inspected and approved as conforming to these rules by Commission personnel prior to use. Any out building so used must be of strong construction with concrete or other suitable flooring and securely anchored to the ground. Such building shall be clearly posted at point of entry with a sign stating “Danger - Venomous Reptiles” or in the instance of nonvenomous reptiles of concern a sign stating “Danger - Dangerous Reptiles.”

(c) Outdoor open-topped enclosures:

1. For venomous reptiles native to the United States, the floors of outdoor cages shall be of concrete or masonry construction at least two inches in thickness. Sides shall be of similar construction, at least eight inches in thickness, or strength equivalent, with a minimum height of four feet above the floor of the enclosure. Outdoor enclosures need not have concrete or masonry flooring if the enclosure meets the following additional specifications:

a. The enclosure shall have concrete or masonry walls, at least eight inches in thickness, or strength equivalent.

b. The enclosure shall have footers made of concrete, or strength equivalent, extending not less than three feet below the grade level, outside the perimeter.

c. The corners of enclosure shall be designed or guarded to prevent the escape of reptiles by climbing.

d. All landscaping of the enclosure shall be arranged to insure that vegetation or other structures do not allow for the escape of reptiles.

2. Entrance doors shall be kept securely locked on all outdoor enclosures to prevent escape and unauthorized intrusion and the enclosure shall be equipped with barriers to prevent visitors from falling into enclosures that are constructed below ground level.

3. For venomous reptile species and reptiles of concern not native to the United States, all outdoor enclosures shall be topped with close-meshed wire or an equivalent barrier to provide additional security.

4. Enclosures shall meet the minimum standard caging size requirements as specified in Rule 68A-6.004, F.A.C.

(5) Facilities housing venomous reptiles shall maintain bite or exposure protocols for the species of venomous reptiles possessed and have a visible cage enclosure identification system identifying the venomous reptiles housed or maintained on the premises.

(a) Bite or Exposure Protocol: Facilities or premises where venomous reptiles are housed or maintained shall have posted on the premises a venomous reptile bite protocol. Such protocol shall include: identification of the species by common and scientific name, emergency contact information, type of antivenin required for treatment of bites or exposures from the species housed or maintained, a plan of action to be taken in the event of a bite or exposure, and location of antivenin if stored on premises. In lieu of antivenin on premises contact information shall be provided for an antivenin bank or medical facility that maintains antivenin for the species possessed. Such protocol shall be clearly visible and posted in the room, building or other structure and in close proximity to where venomous reptiles are housed or maintained.

(b) Cage Enclosure Identification System: Each cage or enclosure housing venomous reptiles shall be clearly marked with a card or sign clearly stating “Danger Venomous Reptile” and identifying the species contained therein by common and scientific name. Such card or sign shall be clearly visible. A card or sign shall accompany the venomous reptile when it is removed from the cage or enclosure for handling or transport purposes.

(c) Facilities with one or more licensee at the same facility location may not commingle their respective live venomous reptile or reptile of concern inventories. All cages or enclosures must be clearly identified or visibly marked with the name of the licensee or other identifier to facilitate inventory inspections.

(6) Inspection: Venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern held in captivity are subject to inspection by commission personnel. Commission personnel shall determine whether the said reptiles are securely, properly and safely housed. In the event that the reptiles are not safely housed, commission personnel shall report the situation in writing to the person possessing or exhibiting such reptiles. Failure of the possessor or exhibitor to correct the situation within 30 days after such written notice shall be grounds for revocation of the license or permit.

(7) No person except the licensee or his or her authorized employee shall open any cage, pit, or other container which contains venomous reptiles.

(8) Transporting: Any person transporting venomous reptiles shall comply with Section 379.372, F.S., and the provisions of this rule. Venomous reptiles shall be placed in a stout closely woven cloth sack, tied or otherwise secured. In lieu of a stout closely woven cloth sack, the venomous reptile may be contained in a trap or box of solid construction which is locked or otherwise secured. The sack, trap or box shall then be placed in a box. The box shall be of strong material in solid sheets, except for small air holes which shall be screened. Boxes containing venomous reptiles shall be prominently labeled “Danger - Venomous Reptiles.”

(9) Disaster and Critical Incident Plans: Applicants for permits to possess venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern in captivity shall document in writing a course of action to be taken in preparation for disasters or critical incidents. Such course of action shall be documented on the Captive Wildlife Critical Incident/Disaster Plan form FWCDLE_619 (06/09), which is adopted and incorporated herein by reference. Forms may be obtained by submitting a request to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, or at www.myfwc.com/permits. This form shall consist of two parts. Part A of form FWCDLE_619 shall be submitted at the time of initial application or renewal; and Part B shall be retained on file at the facility location and be made available for inspection upon request of Commission personnel.

(a) Provisions of this subsection shall apply to permittees maintaining venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern in Florida.

(b) For permittees where the facility is located out of state, the provisions of this subsection shall apply when such permittee is in travel status with venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern. In this instance Part B must accompany the venomous reptile or reptile of concern while in travel status in Florida and shall describe the course of action to be taken in the event of a critical incident or natural disaster in Florida.

Adopted Jan. 1, 2008; Amended Jan. 1, 2008; Amended Aug. 27, 2009. Amended Aug. 26, 2010.

Authority: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.373, 379.374 FS. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.303, 379.304, 379.305, 379.372, 379.373, 379.374, 379.3761, 379.3762 FS. History-New 1-1-08, Amended 1-8-08, 8-27-09, 8-26-10.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0071. Record Keeping and Reporting Requirements.

Any person who possesses any live venomous reptile or reptile of concern shall have a permit issued in accordance with Section 379.372, and if applicable Section 379.3761, F.S., and comply with Section 379.304, F.S., and the provisions of this rule, Rule 68A-6.007, F.A.C., and, if applicable, Rule 68A-6.0072, F.A.C.

(1) Record Keeping:

Possessors shall maintain an accurate record of all changes in inventory including births, deaths, acquisitions, sales and transfers of all venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern. Such records shall be kept on the licensed premises on a Captive Wildlife Inventory-Reptile form, FWCDLE_620IV-R (06/09), which is adopted and incorporated herein by reference. Forms may be obtained by submitting a request to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, or at www.myfwc.com/permits. Such records shall be open to inspection upon request by commission personnel.

(a) Records of births or deaths shall include the date of the birth or death; and the quantity and species of each birth or death. For the purposes of this section “birth” shall be defined as the initial hatch or live birth date for the clutch.

(b) Records of acquisition shall include the date of acquisition; quantity and species of reptiles acquired; method of identification and unique passive integrated transponder (PIT tag) number, if applicable, for each specimen; name and complete address of supplier; and license identification number of supplier where applicable.

(c) Records of sale or transfer shall include the date of sale or transfer; quantity and species of reptiles sold or transferred; method of identification and unique passive integrated transponder (PIT tag) number, if applicable, of each specimen sold or transferred; and the license identification number of the recipient where applicable.

(2) Reporting:

(a) Persons exhibiting or selling live venomous reptiles or reptiles of concern in accordance with Section 379.372 or 379.3761, F.S., shall complete a Captive Wildlife Inventory-Reptile form, FWCDLE_620IV-R (06/09), and submit same to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, upon annual renewal of license and six months thereafter.

(b) Persons possessing any live venomous reptile or reptile of concern in accordance with Section 379.372, F.S., for personal use shall complete a Captive Wildlife Inventory-Reptile form, FWCDLE_620IV-R (06/09), and submit same to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, upon annual renewal of license and upon any instance of inventory change.

(c) Persons operating in accordance with Rule 68A-6.0011, F.A.C., are exempt from these reporting requirements.

Adopted Jan. 1, 2008; Amended Aug. 27, 2009.

AUTHORITY: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. FS. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.304, 379.305 379.372, 379.373, 379.374, 379.3761 FS.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

68A-6.0072. Identification of Non-Native Venomous Reptiles and Reptiles of Concern; Escape.

(1) Any person who keeps or possesses any live reptile of concern; or who keeps or possesses for personal use any live venomous reptile not indigenous to Florida or any live reptile of concern, in accordance with Section 379.372 and 379.373, F.S., must permanently identify such reptile.

(a) Live venomous reptiles not indigenous to Florida shall be permanently identified by photographic identification or with a unique passive integrated transponder (PIT tag).

(b) Live reptiles of concern shall be permanently identified with a unique passive integrated transponder (PIT tag).

(c) Records of identification including PIT tag number where applicable, along with information about the specimen being identified (species, specimen name or number, gender, and age) must be maintained in the possessors records for as long as the specimen is possessed.

(2) For photographic identification the photograph of the specimen must include sufficient distinguishing characteristics (marks, scars, and patterns, etc.) to enable that particular specimen to be distinguished from other specimens of the same species.

(3) Passive integrated transponder (PIT tag) identification shall consist of the implantation of a unique PIT tag under the specimen's skin in a manner to maintain the PIT tag permanently in place.

(a) For snakes implantation shall be in specimens with a one (1) inch or greater diameter. The PIT tag shall be implanted in the back one-third (1/3) of the snake, forward of the anal plate.

(b) For lizards implantation shall be in the body cavity in close proximity to and forward of a rear leg or in a rear leg.

(c) The requirement pertaining to the location of the PIT tag implantation shall not apply to specimens implanted prior to acquisition of the animal or prior to the effective date of this rule.

(4) Exemption: Reptiles of concern being held for export by any person who possesses such reptile of concern in accordance with Sections 379.304 and 379.372, F.S., are exempt from the permanent identification requirement of this section for a period not to exceed 180 days provided such animals or their enclosures are permanently marked so as to be traceable to written records indicating the date such reptiles of concern were acquired.

(5) Any person authorized to possess any venomous reptile not indigenous to Florida or reptile of concern must report any escapes to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement immediately upon discovery of escape.

Adopted Jan. 1, 2008; Amended Jan. 8, 2008. Amended Aug. 23, 2010.

Authority: Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const. Law Implemented Art. IV, Sec. 9, Fla. Const., 379.303, 379.372, 379.373, 379.374, 379.3761, 379.3762 FS. History-New 1-1-08, Amended 1-8-08, 8-23-10.

Current with amendments available through September 6, 2013.

 

 

 



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