Invertebrate Pets and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Michael C. Thomas

Abstract


The Division of Plant Industry (DPI) of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services now regulates importation into Florida of all arthropods except Crustacea, no longer just those of actual or potential agricultural importance. The operating law is Chapter 581.083 of the Florida Statutes, and the operating procedure is Title 5B-57.004 of the Florida Administrative Code. The current law was proposed because of importation by the pet trade of species that did not already occur in Florida and were potentially harmful to the environment. The Division requires specimens (for confirmation of identification) to accompany applications for permits.

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