MELBOURNE, Fla. — Have a python, iguana or monkey you want to get rid of?
Florida wildlife officials along the Space Coast are willing to take them off your hands this weekend, no questions asked, as part of Exotic Pet Amnesty Day on Saturday in Melbourne. The goal of the day is to get the animals into the hands of people who may be better able to care for the nonnative animals.
Often, owners of exotic pets release them into the wild if they can’t take care of them, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission officials want to put a stop to that.
Pet pythons that have been dumped in South Florida are blamed for changing the ecosystem of the Everglades.