FWC’s Adopt-A-Turtle Program


How would you like to adopt a red-eared slider turtle? FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program is recruiting new adopters willing to give these sliders a forever home.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Exotic Pet Amnesty Program strives to prevent the release of nonnative fish and wildlife by helping pet owners rehome their animals when they can no longer provide care. One of the most common species surrendered to the program are red-eared sliders.

Red-eared sliders are popular in the pet trade but require a sizable commitment from pet owners — these nonnative, freshwater turtles can live up to 20 years or more! Potential owners should only acquire this species with a full knowledge of the lifespan, required tank size, dietary requirements, and continuous tank cleaning needed for proper care. Due to the negative impacts they pose to Florida’s ecosystem, red-eared sliders are regulated in Florida as a Conditional species in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. and require a permit for personal possession along with specific enclosure requirements.

To become an approved adopter and help prevent the release of these nonnative pets, apply for the permit. After you receive your permit for red-eared slider possession, send your adopter application via email to the FWC’s Exotic Pet Amnesty team at PetAmnesty@MyFWC.com.