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8:44 PM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
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NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Florida wildlife officials are looking for experienced pet owners to adopt exotic species.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area are offering qualified adopters the chance to take home exotic species turned in by those who no longer can keep them. The animals include a boa constrictor, leopard gecko, African spurred tortoise, African grey parrot and sugar glider.

Those who are qualified and willing to take in the pets can show up at the Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on Saturday at North Collier Regional Park in Naples. The free event also discourages owners from releasing the nonnative animals into the wild.

The FWC says adopters must have an understanding of the natural history and safe caging requirements for the animals.

Associated Press

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