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2020 Species LIST and FWC Permit Renewal INFO

It is time for us to renew our Class III Permits with the FWC. The reason we must obtain proper permits is that we use animals for education and sell offspring we hatch here at the facility. Crazy Critters Inc. is also permitted to house protected species in accordance with additional permits.

Permits to possess wildlife in captivity, issued pursuant to Section 379.3761 or 379.3762, F.S., and the provisions of this chapter, shall authorize the keeping of captive wildlife, of the type and number specified in applications approved by the Commission, in accordance with law and Commission rules. Captive wildlife maintained under permit shall, unless otherwise authorized, be maintained only at the facility specified in the permit application and approved by the Commission.

Forms may be obtained by submitting a request to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of Law Enforcement, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1600, or at www.myfwc.com/permits .

The Exotic Pet Amnesty Program is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) innovative effort to reduce the number of exotic animals released into the wild by pet owners.

Facilities that are in the program work along with FWC to give members of the public the opportunity to surrender exotic pets free of charge and without penalty.

Crazy Critters Inc. is available and approved for the following species through the FWC Amnesty Program.

  • Anoles
  • Aquatic amphibians (clawed frogs, African dwarf frogs, axolotls)
  • Arachnids
  • Blue-tongued skinks
  • Box turtles
  • Canary, Finch, Cockatiel, Lovebird, Parakeet, Dove Pigeon
  • Chameleons
  • Day and Crested geckos
  • Desert tortoises (leopard, sulcata, etc.)
  • Hedgehogs
  • Macaws
  • Monitors
  • Nile monitors
  • Parrots and conures
  • Pond turtles (sliders, musk, mud, painted, etc.)
  • Semi-aquatic amphibians (fire-bellied toads, horned toads, pixie frogs, etc.)
  • Sugar gliders
  • Tegus
  • Temperate tortoises (red-footed, yellow-footed, Russian, Greek, etc.)
  • Terrapins
  • Terrestrial amphibians (spotted and tiger salamanders, treefrogs, etc.)
  • Uromastyx
  • Conditional Animals: Red-ear Slider, Nile monitors

Do we house your animal or are we going to? Here is our adoption form. It helps us keep track of names and other information.

2020 Species LIST

SpeciesConservationIUCNCITESMaleFem ?OffspringTotal
African Fire Skink (Lepidothyris fernandi)Non Native55
African Helmeted Turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa)InvasiveAppendix III26311
Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii)Native/ProtectedVulnerableAppendix II11
Argus Monitor (Varanus panoptes horni)Non NativeAppendix II11
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)Non Native11
Black Marsh Turtles (Siebenrockiella crassicollis)Non NativeVulnerableAppendix II112
Black and White Tegu (Salvator merianae)InvasiveLeast ConcernAppendix II11
Blue-and-Yellow Macaw (Ara ararauna)Non Native Least Concern Appendix II11
Chicken Turtle (Deirochelys reticularia) Native11
Crocodile Skink (Tribolonotus gracilis)Non Native Least Concern 11
Common Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus)Native Least Concern 33
Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)Native Least Concern Appendix III11
Discoid Roach (Blaberus discoidales) Non Native10000+
East African Mud Turtle (Pelusios subniger)Invasive Least Concern 2713
Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina)NativeAppendix II22812
Florida Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina bauri)NativeVulnerableAppendix II123
Florida Mud Turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)Native Least Concern 112
Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox)Native Least Concern Appendix II123
Gargoyle Gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus)Non Native Least Concern being considered11
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)INVASIVE Least Concern Appendix III1427
Harlequin Macaw (Ara chloropterus x Ara ararauna)Non Native11
Hermann’s Tortoise (Testudo hermanni) Non Native Near Threatened Appendix II112
Hermit Crab (Paguroidea)Native11
Indian Ringneck Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) Non Native Least Concern 11
Isopod (Multiple ssp.)100+
Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)Non Native358
Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)Non Native Least Concern Appendix II112
Loggerhead Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor) Native Least Concern 112
Madagascar Day Gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis)Invasive Least Concern 66
Mississippi Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohni)Native Least Concern 336
Myna Bird (Sturnidae)InvasiveAppendix III22
Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta)Native Least Concern 11
Pink Belly Sideneck Turtles (Emydura subglobosa)Non Native Least Concern Appendix II2215
Pink Belly Snappers(Elseya novaeguinea)Non Native Least Concern 112
Red-cheeked Mud Turtle (Kinosternon scorpioides cruentatum) Non Native Least Concern 145
Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)INVASIVE246
Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis [Geochelone] carbonaria)Non NativeAppendix II2811930
Reeve’s Turtle (Mauremys reevesii)Non NativeEndangerAppendix III22
Russian Tortoise (Agrionemys [Testudo] horsfieldii)Non NativeVulnerableAppendix II134
Savannah Monitor (Varanus exanthematicus)Non Native Least Concern Appendix II11
Snake-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis) Non NativeAppendix II22
South East Asian Box Turtle (Cuora amboinensis)INVASIVEVulnerableAppendix II112
Springtails (Collembola) 100+
Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis)INVASIVE? Least Concern 11
Spotted Pond Turtle (Geoclemys hamiltonii)Non NativeEndangerAppendix I2
Sugar Glider (Petaurus breviceps)Non Native Least Concern 112
Sulcata Tortoise (Geochelone [Centrochelys] Sulcata)INVASIVEVulnerableAppendix II1682060104
Texas Tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri )Non Native Least Concern Appendix II11
Three Striped Mud (Kinosternon baurii)Native Least Concern 235
Three-toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis)Non NativeAppendix II11
Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko)INVASIVE Least Concern 11
White-bellied Snapping Turtle (Elseya branderhorstii)Non NativeVulnerable22
Yellow-bellied Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta) Native Least Concern 31316
Yellow-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis denticulata)Non NativeVulnerableAppendix II325
Yellow Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)Non Native Least Concern 112

That equals JUST…. 311 animals.

I know JUST!

Just ain’t never enough is it?!?

59 different species…

The variety of life on Earth, its biological diversity is commonly referred to as biodiversity.

The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the enormous diversity of genes in these species, the different ecosystems on the planet, such as deserts, rainforests, and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse Earth.

Appropriate conservation and sustainable development strategies attempt to recognize this as being integral to any approach to preserving biodiversity. Almost all cultures have their roots in our biological diversity in some way or form. Declining biodiversity is, therefore, a concern for many reasons.

38 species listed on the IUCN Redlist…

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species. It uses a set of quantitative criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of thousands of species.

These criteria are relevant to most species and all regions of the world. With its strong scientific base, The IUCN Red List is recognized as the most authoritative guide to the status of biological diversity.

26 species signed into Cites…

CITES is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals. It was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The convention was opened for signature in 1973 and CITES entered into force on 1 July 1975.


We helped to place over 70 animals at educational or conservational facilities throughout the State Of Florida last year.

Added, we recently sold almost 50 offspring to educators and hobbyists.

That puts us well over 400 animal lives we have encountered since the last animals’ species list. We saved one tortoise from death, hatched out a set of twin Sulcatas,

And we sadly lost some wonderful animals such as the female softshell turtle to presumably drowning by her mate, Lucinda to respiratory stress, and the entire Central American Wood Turtle project.

Tank was injured and we thought we were facing a long expensive amputation for him. However, we were blessed to have found the best turtle doctors possible and now consider them the facility’s primary veterinarians. Mobile Veterinarian Services helped Tank fight his infection and so far he is healing well, not looking like he will need that drastic surgery.

Check Out The Video We Made A Few Years Ago When We Filed Our Class III.

What Will This Year Bring?

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