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 Exotic Reptiles

In order to obtain a better understanding of the extent of the problem, Sarasota County is currently seeking assistance from residents in reporting new exotic reptile sightings.
If you see an exotic reptile, call the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 to report it.
  • If the animal is on your private property and is contained, Animal Services will come and pick it up.
  • If the animal is on your private property and not contained, the use of a licensed wildlife trapper is recommended.
For more information on exotic reptiles, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-488-4676 or visit
This information is used to better map and identify opportunities to control the spread of exotic and invasive reptiles.
Some of the exotic reptiles reported and identified within Sarasota County are listed below.
  • Iguanas are frequently observed with confirmed sightings in Sarasota County mainly on the barrier islands.
  • Monitor lizards have been less frequently reported with few confirmed sightings throughout Sarasota County.
  • Pythons have been rarely reported with few confirmed sightings mainly within the eastern portion of Sarasota County.
    • If you see, a python do not attempt to engage it.
Report any sightings immediately to the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000. ​ 


Exotic Reptile ID Guide.pdfExotic Reptile ID Guide
Exotic Reptile Management Plan.pdfExotic Reptile Management Plan
Homeowner’s Guide to Exotic Reptiles.pdfHomeowner’s Guide to Exotic Reptiles
Reptile Report Form.pdfReptile Report Form
Wildlife Trappers Removing Exotic Reptiles List.pdfWildlife Trappers Removing Exotic Reptiles List

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