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 Title 68A, F.A.C. No one shall take, poison, store, buy, sell, possess or wantonly or willfully waste wildlife, unless specifically permitted or authorized to do so.

  • The use of gasoline or any other chemical or gaseous substances to drive wildlife from their retreats is prohibited.
  • It is prohibited to take or assist in taking wildlife by the remote control aiming and discharge of a gun when that person is not physically present with that gun.

See title 68A, F.A.C. at for more information.

Amphibians (e.g., frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and mudpuppies)

See Rules 68A-26.002 and 68A-27.003, F.A.C. at for information.

Legal References for Bird Regulations

For comprehensive information regarding the regulations governing protected bird species, refer to the following legal texts:

  • State Regulations: Chapter 68A-16, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), accessible via
  • Federal Regulations: Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), available at

These regulations aim to conserve avian species and ensure their populations are sustained for future generations.

Regulations for Non-Protected Species

Certain bird and mammal species are designated as non-protected, meaning they can be legally taken at any time throughout the year. These species include:

Non-Protected Birds

  • House Sparrows
  • Common Starlings
  • African Collared-Doves
  • Eurasian Collared-Doves
  • Common Pigeon (Rock Dove)
  • Egyptian Goose

Non-Protected Mammals

  • Armadillos
  • Norway Rats
  • Black Rats
  • House Mice

Legal Reference for Taking Non-Protected Species

For specifics on the regulations and any potential restrictions concerning the taking of these non-protected species, please consult:

  • Rule 68A-4.001, available at

The designation of these species as non-protected typically relates to their status as invasive or non-native, their abundant populations, or their impact on native ecosystems and human activities.


Fox squirrels, Key deer and Florida panthers may not be taken or pursued. See Rules 68A-29.002 and 68A-27.003, F.A.C. at for more information.

Reptiles (e.g., alligators, caimans, crocodiles, turtles, lizards and snakes)

See Rules 68A-25.002 and 68A-27.003, F.A.C. at for information.

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