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Florida cracking down on potential exotic pets

Posted: 10:21 AM, Sep 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-28 14:21:19Z

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Yellow anaconda snakes, mongooses and bush-tail possums could soon be officially banned in Florida.

Those animals were among more than a dozen unwelcome species the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission agreed to ban on Thursday under a proposed plan to stop the spread of non-native predators.

The Sun-Sentinel of South Florida  reports  that Florida is tightening wildlife laws to crack down on non-native species which have found a home in Florida's swamps and forests.

Many of those animals were brought to Florida as exotic pets and they either escaped or were released into the wild.

Wildlife officials say they are among the most significant threats to the state's animal diversity.

Public workshops on the plan will be held and draft rules will be presented to the commission in December.