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DFW Permits Required for Exotic Pets

Dec. 28, 2007 – Two large non-native boa constrictors were recently captured on St. Thomas according to a press release from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Division of Fish and Wildlife. Most likely, they were privately held pets that were released when their owners left the island or they grew too big to be kept as house pets.
The Division reminds the public that a permit issued by DFW is required for the possession of any reptile, amphibian or bird. This includes native and non-native species of lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs and birds. Permits are also required to sell any of these animals. It is illegal to release any non-native species into the wild because their release may have detrimental impacts on native animals and birds and may also pose significant risks to the people.
To apply for a permit or for information, contact DFW at 775-6762, on St. Thomas or 773-1082, on St. Croix.

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