State Wildlife Grants

General prohibitions: No wildlife or their nests, eggs, young, homes or dens shall be taken, transported, stored, served, bought, sold or possessed in any manner at any time, except as specifically permitted by State of Florida rules. No one shall take, poison, store, buy, sell, possess or wantonly or willfully waste wildlife, unless specifically permitted or authorized to do so.

  • To use gasoline or any other chemical or gaseous substances to drive wildlife from their retreats is prohibited.
  • It is prohibited to place food or garbage, allowing the placement of food or garbage, or offering food or garbage in such a manner that it attracts black bears, foxes or raccoons and in a manner that is likely to create or creates a public nuisance.
  • Intentional feeding of sandhill cranes is prohibited.
  • Intentional feeding or the placement of food that attracts pelicans and modifies the natural behavior of the pelican so as to be detrimental to the survival or health of a local population is prohibited.

Birds: State and federal laws protect birds. Birds (or their parts, nests or eggs) may not be taken, possessed, imported, exported, transported, sold, purchased, bartered, or offered for sale, purchase or barter, except as permitted by State and Federal regulations. See title 68A, F.A.C. at and 50 C.F.R at for more information.

Non-protected birds: House (English) sparrows, and European starlings.

Non-protected mammals: Armadillos, Norway rats, black rats and house mice.

Frogs: Frogs, except Pine Barrens tree frogs, gopher frogs and Florida bog frogs, may be taken throughout the year by gigs, clubs, blowguns, hook and line or manually; or by shooting with a .22 caliber or smaller firearms during daylight hours. A commercial fishing license is required to sell frogs. Frog species classified as threatened or endangered may not be possessed or taken without a Scientific Collection permit.

Turtles: Freshwater turtles taken from the wild may not be sold. Taking of striped mud turtles from the Lower Keys, alligator snapping turtles, Barbour's map turtles, and Suwannee cooter is prohibited. The following species have a possession limit of two: loggerhead musk turtles, box turtles, Escambia map turtles and diamondback terrapins. Taking Escambia map turtles, cooters, and snapping turtles from the wild is prohibited. For all
other freshwater turtles, take is limited to one turtle pererson per day (midnight to midnight) from the wild for noncommercial use.

Freshwater turtles only may be taken by hand, dip net, minnow seine or baited hook. Many freshwater turtles may be taken year round,
but softshell turtles may not be taken from the wild from May 1 to July 31. In addition, collecting of freshwater turtle eggs is prohibited.See Rule 68A-25.002, F.A.C. at www. for more information.

It is illegal to take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass, capture, possess, sell or transport gopher tortoises, parts thereof, or their eggs without
a permit. It is illegal to molest, damage or destroy gopher tortoise burrows. For information about gopher tortoises and permits,

Snakes: Florida pine snakes may not be sold, bought or possessed for sale, nor shall any person possess more than one Florida pine snake, unless the snake is amelanistic or albino. Short-tailed snakes, Keys ringneck snakes, and rim rock crowned snakes may not be taken. Red rat snakes, Peninsula ribbon snakes, and Florida brown snakes from the Lower Keys may not be taken. See Rule 68A- 25.002, F.A.C. at for more information.

FWC Facts:
The bobcat is so named because of its 'bobbed' tail. In rare cases, bobcat tails can grow as long as 18 inches.

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