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Posted by conservationist on March 08, 2003 at 17:29:18:
In Reply to: Florida Permit Questions? posted by maxgold on March 08, 2003 at 12:43:48:
If that's all you put on the permit, you won't be getting a permit in Florida. They want proof of the 1000 hours. You need to submit general knowledge of keeping/handling, work (at/with a licensed facility/breeder), education (animal science/herpetology, etc), and you'll need atleast a page of information, explaining that and the equipment and caging you have. You will need to provide almost exact hours daily, weekly, and monthly, that you've volunteered or worked with venomous animals, to build up to that 1000 hours.
If they feel there isn't enough information, they will deny the license, and you will have to reapply.
If/when they approve that part of your application, they will come out and inspect your equipment, the room(s) you're going to keep the reptiles in (which have to be secure/locked), and the cages you're going to use (which also have to have locks, with some exceptions - read about it in the small rules thing they send with the application). Both the application and inspection has to pass, or your permit will be delayed or denied.
When the wildlife officer comes to inspect, he/she will quiz you (whether you know it or not) and ask questions regarding your experience/qualification. So, if any of what you say differs from what you have written on your application, your application will be denied.
This may seem like a hard or unfair process, but it's the reason Florida's venomous laws haven't been shunned or threatened much at all, compared to other places in the United States.
:I am applying for my FLorida Permit and have had extensive experience with Rattlesnakes. Will this be enough to allow me to keep Elapids? any advice at all is appreciated.