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Georgia to phase in new rules banning certain wild animals as pets


In a statement about the new rules, the DNR said the agency’s biologists added animals based on the risks they pose to Georgia’s natural ecosystems and humans themselves. They also prioritized the listing of non-native species already present in Georgia or neighboring states.

The black and white Argentine tegu is an example. Large South American lizards are popular as pets but are well adapted to the hot climate of Florida and the South Georgia, where they began to spread and feed on the eggs and young offspring of native fauna. The DNR says it is currently working with partners to eradicate a tegus population that has already become established in Toombs and Tattnall counties near Savannah.

Dr. Brett Albanese, deputy chief of MNR’s wildlife conservation section, said the agency is using the 12-month grace period to give people enough time to comply with new regulations.

“Our biggest thing is we don’t want anyone thinking, ‘Oh, I’m going to get in trouble…I have to throw these crawfish in the creek,'” he said. “It’s actually very illegal and goes against what we’re trying to accomplish here.”

Albanese said anyone with questions about the new rules should contact the DNR. A detailed list of animals added to the list and instructions on how to record and tag eligible species are available at https://georgiawildlife.com/.