• Pa-Hay-okee Overlook


    National Park Florida

Nuisance Wildlife & Unwanted Pets

Here's What You Can Do With Unwanted Pets or Nuisance Animals
Nile Monitor
If you change your mind about a recent purchase, check with your pet store. Some locally-owned stores will allow you to return or exchange your animal for one more suitable to you.

Consider surrenduring your animal to a network of adopters during a Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). Details of upcoming Nonative Pet Amnesty Days can be found by clicking here.

Contact a local wildlife rehabilitation facility. A full directory of providers is available here.

Consider taking your pet to your local humane animal shelter.

If you are a resident of Miami-Dade County, you can contact the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department to request the removal of an unwanted pet reptile or the removal of a nuisance snake at 786-331-4454.
For help with other nuisance wildlife, find a local trapper registered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A complete list can be found here.

Did You Know?

Soft-Shell Turtle

Soft-shell turtles may not have the protective hard covering seen on other turtles, but they make up for that with relatively greater speeds in the water. Also, their long noses are well adapted for snorkeling. These amazing animals seem perfectly built for a life in the Everglades!