Lionfish Are Venomous, Can I Have One As A Pet?

The importation of live lionfish, breeding lionfish, and the harvest and possession of lionfish eggs and larvae for any purpose other than destruction is prohibited (all ten species of the genus Pterois). 

Lionfish caught in state and federal waters off Florida can be landed in Florida and sold live in the aquarium trade. Must have documentation that the lionfish was imported before Aug. 1, 2014, and hold the appropriate wholesale or retail license. 

If you have a Lionfish you can no longer take care of, call the FWC’s nonnative hotline at 888-IVE-GOT-1 for help finding a new home for your pet.  Do the right thing like your ZooKeeper Team!

Source: FWC

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