Florida Administrative Code Annotated r. §68A-6.0022 : states what is legal concerning possessing captive wildlife and the permits that are required. It is not necessary to have a permit for possession of certain wild animals. These wild animals are rats, mice, gerbils, hedgehogs, reptiles, amphibians, canaries, shell parakeets, moles, shrews, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, lovebirds, ferrets, guinea pigs, cockadels, parrots, hamsters, parrots, finches, myna birds, toucans, doves, button quail, prairie dogs and chinchillas. This code also states that person wishing to sell hamsters, domestic mice and rates, guinea pigs, chameleon and gerbils are not required to have a permit.
Aapplicant must be at least 16 years old, have completed a questionnaire, have met the experience and examination requirements and have the required housing for the animals in question. References are also required. Persons applying for a permit to possess Howler monkeys, Uakaris, Mangabeys, Guenons, Bearded sakis, Guereaza mmonkeys, Celebes black apes, Idris, Macaques, Langurs, Douc langurs, Snub-nosed langurs, Proboscis monkeys, Servals, European and Canadian lynx, Cougars, panthers, bobcats, cheetahs, caracals, African golden cats, Temmminck's golden cats, fishing cats, ocelots, clouded leopards, coyotes, gray wolves, red wolves, asiadc jackals, black-backed jackals, side-striped jackals, Indian dholes, African hunting dogs, wolverines, honey badgers, American badgers, Old World badgers, Binturongs, hyenas, dwarf crocodiles, alligators, cainans, ostrich or cassowary must pass a questionnaire that assesses their knowledge of behavioral characteristics, nutrition and general husbandry and must be at least 18 years old. Applicants for any permit must not have been convicted of any violations concerning wildlife or cruelty to animals within three years of applying for the permit. Experience and education are also important aspects to the permit procedure.
Citation: FLA. ADMIN. CODE ANN. r. §68A-6.002, §68A-6.0021, and §68A-6.0022
More detailed info on class II and III the pet classes. Class I can not be kept as pets and need to be USDA licensed and exhibited.
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See more info including current lists at the above link. There are also some species prohibited(such as pouched rats) or that are restricted(conditional use) which can be checked at above link as well.
caninesrock wrote:Animals That Don't Require Permits
(a) Reptiles, amphibians (nonvenomous, unprotected)
(b) Gerbils, hedgehogs
(c) Honey possums, sugar gliders, brushtailed possums
(d) Shell parakeets
(e) Rats and mice
(g) Moles; shrews
(i) Squirrels; chipmunks
(j) Ferrets (domestic; European)
(l) Guinea pigs
(q) Myna birds
(s) Doves; ringed, ruddy, and diamond
(t) Button quail
(u) Prairie dogs
Edit again: Did more searching and found this. Exotic wildlife listed in all Classes except Class I are legal at the state level of Florida,but not in Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach Florida.
Florida state law is that no local government can regulate wildlife or exotics. It's possible the two mentioned cities had laws before hand and are grandfathered in Like Miami and pitbulls(state laws also says no local gov can pass a breed ban but Miami is grandfathered so has a pitbull ban.