St. Petersburg holds exotic pet amnesty day

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - St. Petersburg is holding an exotic pet amnesty day where owners can surrender their nonnative pets.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding the event on Saturday at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.

Pet owners can drop off their exotic reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and invertebrates at the event free of charge. Penalties for not having the proper license will also be waived. It is illegal to release any animal not native to Florida.

Experts will be on-hand to answer any questions. Every pet that is surrendered is inspected by a veterinarian, and all healthy pets are placed with qualified adopters.

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