Which Exotic Pets Are Legal in the United States?

Updated on June 3, 2019
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Melissa cares for a variety of exotic animals and has completed a certificate in veterinary assisting and a bachelor's degree in biology.

From left, bobcat by John Fowler, lemur by Thowra_uk, wolf by Rexano (used with permission), and fennec fox by Kitty Terwolbeck, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr
From left, bobcat by John Fowler, lemur by Thowra_uk, wolf by Rexano (used with permission), and fennec fox by Kitty Terwolbeck, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr | Source

Which exotic pets are legal in the United States? The better question is which exotic pets are legal in your specified state. Bans vary from state to state. Even within your state, animal bans also exist in certain cities, counties, and neighborhood associations. This article will give you an idea of which pets are generally allowed, but you should always look into the specific regulations that apply to you.

People’s definitions of an exotic animal vary. The media generally uses the word "exotic" to describe pets that people fear, such as big cats, large snakes, and wolves (even though these canines are native to America).

Exotics are generally any animal other than dogs, cats, farm animals, and common "pocket" pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits, and small rodents like hamsters. Small reptiles are exotic pets, but they are rarely banned. Parrots are another exotic species that rarely face bans. There are exceptions to these rules, of course.

The Fine Print

The legality of certain animal species may depend specific regulations. Some animals are only legal if you can meet certain requirements, are eligible for a USDA license, or are using the animal for specific, non-pet purposes (e.g. commercial, exhibition, sanctuary, or educational). This article will address animals that are legal for private ownership either without criteria or with criteria that an average citizen can meet.

Exotic Pet Bans

Exotic pets are often misjudged and misunderstood, and misinformation is abundant.

Most exotic pets are illegal in California, and Hawaii has the strictest pet regulations because island ecosystems are the most prone to invasive species (ironically, one of their most prominent invasive species, the domesticated cat, is one of the few pets you can own there).

New York City is famous among exotic pet enthusiasts for its absurd pet restrictions. Common animals in the pet trade such as ball pythons, ferrets, and tarantulas are banned but still kept illegally by its citizens.

This list is provided as a general guide and for public interest. It should not be taken as a definitive document that verifies the legality of animals one is seeking to keep.

Carnivora

Animals in this category that are sometimes kept as pets include, but are not limited to:

  • Big cats (tigers, mountain lions, lions, *cheetahs, leopards)
  • Bears (black bears, sun bears, brown bears)
  • Canines (fennec fox, red fox, silver fox, wolves, wolf hybrids)
  • Hyenas
  • Medium and small cats (servals, caracals, bobcats, Asian leopard cats, hybrids)
  • Mustelids (polecats, ferrets, weasels)
  • Procyonids (raccoons, kinkajous, ring-tailed cats)
  • Skunks
  • Viverrids (genets, binturongs, Asian palm civets)

If your state has a ban or requires a permit for animals in the order Carnivora, then all of these animals (excluding whatever listed exceptions) are not legal.

*Cheetahs are rare in the United States and are not kept as pets. They are also not really big cats and are nowhere near as dangerous.

Most of these animals are illegal in many states.

A sunbear "Ursidae." Animals in this group (carnivora) can be big...
A sunbear "Ursidae." Animals in this group (carnivora) can be big... | Source
...and small (a fennec fox).
...and small (a fennec fox). | Source

Some Notable States

  • Hawaii has the most restrictive pet laws. Almost all animals other than cats and dogs are illegal and any pet entering the state must be quarantined
  • Nevada has the loosest exotic pet laws, where some animals such as tigers, non-human primates, elephants, and wolves are legal to own without a permit. However, alligators, crocodiles, coyotes, foxes, raccoons are not legal to own in the state.
  • California also has strict exotic pet laws, which include ferrets, sugar gliders, and hedgehogs.
  • Ohio (where the Zanesville massacre occurred) enacted its exotic pet ban in 2014.

Big Cats (Tigers, Servals, Caracals)

Big cats can be divided into two categories. There are the "true" big cat species (tigers, leopards, lions, cheetahs, mountain lions, jaguars) and then there are the small to medium-sized cats, consisting of servals, caracals, Asian leopard cats, jungle cats, bobcats, fishing cats, and lynxes, which can be found in the diminishing exotic pet trade.

There are also hybrids of servals (Savannah cats), jungle cats, and Asian leopard cats (Bengals). Unfortunately, these animals are often lumped together, with the exception of Bengal cats which tend to be sold with lower wild parentage. These animals are in most U.S. states, despite the claims of organizations like Born Free. Only about five states do not regulate them. One example is North Carolina, but many counties in this state not only ban these animals, but also heavily restrict more common exotics. Also in North Carolina, special regulations exist for native felines.

Native animals such as bobcats and mountain lions often have special regulations.

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The smaller cats and hybrids mentioned here pose little or no risk to the public. Currently, no fatalities are listed for all of them. However, they are often banned even though they statistically pose less of a public safety risk than animals that are considered domesticated.

Smaller Cats

Some states, such as Florida, may administer permits for the smaller cats to pet owners who have met certain criteria, such as 1,000 hours volunteering with the sought-after species. The big cats are considered class 1 wildlife and are not legal to own for private use (but can be obtained for commercial use).

Hybrids

Hybrids may be legal in more states, but this depends on the generation. In New York State, Savannah cats are legal if they are the F5 generation.

Current States Where Big Cats Are Legal (Whether All Big Cats or Only a Few)

In some of these states, all big cats are legal. In others, only certain ones are. The bolded states in the list below indicates places where most exotics are not regulated. Note that many of these states have insurance and minimum caging requirements.

  • Indiana
  • North Carolina
  • Mississippi (small cats)
  • Missouri (with a permit)
  • Montana (bobcats and lynxes)
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Texas (although most counties have banned it)
  • West Virginia

A serval
A serval | Source

Most Exotic Birds Are Legal

Commonly kept herbivorous birds (hookbills, small softbills) are mostly legal in all states, including California, despite its extensive bans against "exotic" pets. Several species are even legal in Hawaii! But some must be banded, and you should have a permit.

A macaw
A macaw | Source

Parrots and pet softbills fit nearly every definition of "exotic" animals: they are not domesticated (despite extensive captive breeding), so they retain most of their wild behaviors and are high-maintenance, even somewhat difficult, pets.

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In warmer climates, it is possible for pet releases and escapees to result in feral populations that threaten the environment. Birds even bite, which other exotic pets, regardless of size, are never allowed to do without resulting in people pushing for bans against them.

Quaker parrots, also known as monk parakeets, are unusually invasive in temperate climates and are illegal in California, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Hawaii, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wyoming for this reason.

Raptors, geese, and other native wild birds are regulated by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and cannot be held without a permit.

Quaker parrots are invasive in northern states.
Quaker parrots are invasive in northern states. | Source

Non-Domesticated Canines

The only canines that are kept privately in the U.S. are wolves, wolf hybrids, and fox species. Hyenas are sometimes present, although these are more closely related to cats than dogs.

Wolfs and Wolf Hybrids

Like big cats, wolves are illegal in most states. Wolf dogs are rarely excluded from the definition, and sometimes purebred dogs are euthanized merely due to the resemblance to their wild ancestors. One exception is in Arizona, where they are legal.

Here is a list of legality status for both the wolf and wolf-dog hybrid. The website may not contain the most up-to-date information, but it is a good place to start.

Foxes

Foxes are legal in more states, and some states may allow the hard-to-find Russian domesticated fox. Fennec foxes are common exotic mammal pets that are legal in New York (the definition of wild animal specifically excludes them). Fennec foxes pose zero threat to public safety and should be legal in nearly all states without question.

Fennec foxes are legal in many more states than foxes (red, silver, arctic) and wolves. New York specifically excludes them from the definition of a "wild" animal. They are also legal in: Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Michigan, and there are likely to be others.

A wolf
A wolf | Source

Mustelidae (Ferrets, Weasels, Polecats, Asian Clawed Otters)

Animals in this category are not commonly kept as pets with the obvious exception of ferrets, which are domesticated. Despite domestication and the fact that they pose no threat to public safety at all, ferrets are illegal in California and Washington D.C. No other states except Hawaii have banned these animals, though they are illegal in New York City and a permit is needed for them in Rhode Island. Ferrets are widely kept as pets in California (to the point where many pet stores find it economical to stock supplies for the animal) despite the law and do not run the risk of becoming feral and invasive in that state.

Other mustelids are not legal in many states.

Marbled polecat
Marbled polecat | Source

Skunks, Bats, and Raccoons

These animals are grouped together because they are popular rabies vectors, which is the reason they are regulated (and often prohibited) in many states, despite there being no cases of captive-bred animals harboring the virus.

Skunks

Based on this list, which should be verified for updated information, skunks are legal in Alabama, Florida (where a class 3 permit is required), Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio (permit needed), Oklahoma (import permit and vet needed), Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Skunks should be considered illegal until verified otherwise.

Raccoons

Captive-bred (not from the wild) raccoons may be legal in the following states, but be sure to confirm that is the case before getting one.

Bats

For bats, laws must be examined carefully. They are probably not legal in most states.

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Non-Human Primates

Primates consist of monkeys, lesser and great apes (gibbons, chimpanzees), and prosimians (lemurs, bush babies, tarsiers, slow loris). Most states have bans on this entire group of animals, with smaller species not being excluded. Primate owners often suffer a nightmare existence with the laws regarding non-human primates. Check your laws extensively (as well as the highly specialized care of these animals) before considering a primate.

States Where Non-Human Primates Are Legal

This list may be shorter now or become shorter in time. Some states, including Ohio, have partial bans on specific species.

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Marmoset
Marmoset | Source

Other Exotics: Kinkajous, Sloths, Muntjac Deer, Tamandua, Porcupine, Etc.

The legality of animals like these varies tremendously. For instance, while kinkajous are mainly frugivorous (fruit-eating), their species falls within the order of Carnivora, which some states ban. Others may ban Procyonidae, which is the order that contains raccoons. Animals like muntjac deer could be regulated with other deer, despite their small size. Be sure to check if there are laws regarding cervids, the family that includes deer. Special laws may also regulate exotic rodents, which can be as small as door mice and as large as capybaras. However, sometimes exotic pets can escape bans if they are not specifically classified in the writing. In New York, some uncommon exotics are still legal because they do not fall under the definition of felids, canines, and bears (such as spotted genets).

Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders are exotic pets that are more common and unfortunately offered to owners who may be unprepared to take on the care of an animal that is more demanding than other pets of a similar size, such as hamsters and gerbils. But there is certainly no reason to ban them, especially in states where it is impossible for them to survive outdoors (most states).

Sugar gliders are illegal in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Utah. Pennsylvania considers them "wild animals" and requires a permit.

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Fish

States that ban some fish species do so for environmental reasons, such as protecting native species or the fear that a fish will become invasive if released. Some restricted species in many states include snakeheads (Channa sp.), walking catfish, and lampreys, which have caused massive ecological damage in some parts of the U.S. Banned species are numerous, and vary tremendously in different states.

Here is a list of restricted aquatic species by state. As always, double check the information you find here to make sure it is up to date. Even if a species is not listed under those banned by state law, it may still be illegal to sell, buy, possess, or transfer due to non-state regulations, such as federal law, CITES, the Lacy Act, or the Invasive Species Act. Many of these species are not commonly kept in the pet trade.

Making sure you are aware of regulations is important—not only for you, but for the well-being of your fish. Fish that are in violation of the law can be put to death, even if they were legal at the time you purchased it (for example, this man's well-cared for pet fish of 10 years was killed because of changing regulations).

Notable Pet Fish Species

  • Koi fish and goldfish are illegal in the state of Maine.
  • Glofish are illegal in California.
  • Piranhas are illegal in almost half of the states.
  • Freshwater stingrays are illegal in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Snakeheads are illegal in many states due to their aggressive invasive tendencies.
Snakeheads are illegal in many states due to their aggressive invasive tendencies. | Source

Reptiles

Larger reptiles, such as large constrictor snakes, crocodilians, and monitor lizards, are the most commonly restricted reptiles. Venomous snakes (often erroneously described as "poisonous"), for obvious reasons, are as well.

Other reptiles may be restricted for health reasons. Red-eared sliders, for instance, are illegal to sell under four inches (but can be kept) in order to reduce the risk of their transmitting salmonella. Non-native reptiles are illegal to keep in Hawaii because of their potential to live in that climate.

  • Crocodilians (alligators, caimans): Illegal in most states.
  • Large constrictors (African rock python, Burmese python, Reticulated python, Anaconda): More and more states are banning these somewhat popular species. Florida is famous for its population of Burmese pythons that exist in the Everglades, but over 90% of the country's climate is inhospitable to the animals.
  • Venomous reptiles (cobra, mamba, Gila monster, twig snakes, etc.): Illegal in Tennessee, Vermont, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Washington, Florida, Indiana, Iowa Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Washington, California, Connecticut, and likely others.

A mamba (venomous)
A mamba (venomous) | Source
Reticulated python
Reticulated python | Source

Before You Buy, Call Your State's Fish and Game Department

This article cannot guarantee which specific species are legal in every state because laws change frequently. In addition, it is imperative that you make sure that the animal you are seeking is legal also in your city, town, neighborhood's association, etc., as well as with your landlord, as violating the law with these entities can also result in your pet's confiscation.

Be sure to call your Fish and Wildlife Management Office. Do not attempt to keep pets illegally. Doing so will prevent you from being able to get your animals vet care and put them at risk of being seen by a neighbor and others. While it might be ineffective, make sure your voice is heard regarding the opposition of draconian exotic pet laws.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

  • Can I own a sloth anywhere in the United States?

    No, but there are quite a few states that allow it.

  • Can I own a caracal in Arizona?

    No, all animals in the group carnivora are illegal except wolfdogs.

  • Can you own a hyena in Texas?

    Hyenas are classified as dangerous wild animals in Texas.

    "A person may not own, harbor, or have custody or control of a dangerous wild animal for any purpose unless the person holds a certificate of registration for that animal issued by an animal registration agency."

  • Can you own an otter in Connecticut?

    No. Most northeastern states don't allow exotic pets.

© 2013 Melissa A Smith

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      Elena Hickman 

      26 hours ago

      Are genets legal in South Carolina?

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      Hi 

      12 days ago

      So are bengals allowed in Nevada? I have searched it many times and still cant get an exact answer

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      Margarita 

      4 weeks ago

      Can I own any type of Fox in the state of Texas?

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      Melissa A Smith 

      2 months ago from New York

      Tyson: Maybe Japan.

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      What types of foxes can I have in Iowa if any?

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      Is it legal to own a black bear in arizona Joshua

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      Little but weirder of a queston then al these others... Why does nothing tell me where i can own a crocodile. This is very important

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      Surprize Toyz And Mor 

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      Is it possible to have an ant eater as a pet in Tennessee

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      Is it legal to own a river otter in Montana?

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      Is it legal to own a bush baby in Michigan?

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      Is it legal to own a Savannah Monitor in Alabama as a pet??

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      Rocketman619 

      16 months ago

      I live in Fremont CA.

      Is it legal to own a Bobcat?

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      Carlt 

      16 months ago

      Can you own a silky anteater or a Tamandua in Missouri?

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      Caddy 

      17 months ago

      Hey there I’ve been having a LOT of issues lately. I’m aware Ringtail Lemurs are allowed in North Carolina HOWEVER. I cannot seem to find out, how to get a license or the requirements in North Carolina. May you help me? It would mean a lot.

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      Melissa A Smith 

      17 months ago from New York

      Jaden lol

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      Jaden 

      17 months ago

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      Logan 

      17 months ago

      Can yoy own a iguana in south dakota

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      17 months ago

      Can you legally own an emu in the state of Arizona?

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      17 months ago

      is it illegal for squirrels in michigan?

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      Rachael 

      18 months ago

      Can you own a marmoset monkey in Arkansas or without a licences

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      18 months ago

      Can you have a pet bat in Georgia

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      Michele 

      18 months ago

      I WANT A BUSHBABY!!!!!!

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      Melissa A Smith 

      19 months ago from New York

      Romgirl801 Ok thanks

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      Romgirl801 

      19 months ago

      Sugar Gliders are actually legal to own in Utah and have been for a while. Just FYI. We own 4 ourselves.

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      If I were to move, where can I have an alligator, wolf, a big cat, a squirell, and a pirhana in the U.S. 

      20 months ago

      This was an amazing article, but I believe all animals deserve to be equally treated or all set free

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      Douglas 

      21 months ago

      Are we allowed to own pet monkeys in Pennsylvania?

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      Ilse 

      21 months ago

      I found your article very interesting. I really do love animals more than anything. And personally I believe "Wild animals" are called wild animals for a reason. They belong in nature. Because no matter how much land you give them they are wild and will get tired of running then having to stop because of a cage. For lots of wild animals such as animals of the canine or feline family can show signs of stress being retrained even if you give them large areas. Now of course I understand if a wild animal is injured and cannot survive on its own it will need help which is understandably okay. But this is my personal opinion. We are all in title to our own.

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      jendrea000@Yahoo.com 

      22 months ago

      Exotic animals extracted from their natural environment afect the local natural system. Many suffer or died during transportation. They born free and they will always miss their home or their intuitive wilderness environments.

      Do we want to be under someone's capricious? I will say not for most of us, definitely not for most of the exotic animals.

      Our liberties end when the others living beings start.

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      Joshua DeLeon 

      22 months ago

      Why are lemurs illegal in Oregon and can i change that

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      kim 

      23 months ago

      are monitor lizards illegal in North Carolina

      especially Charlotte

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      23 months ago

      Nice!

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      Matt 

      23 months ago

      The United States is not a free country. We have so many laws and regulations that are ridiculous. As long as I am not hurting or bothering anyone then what is the problem. I want a Caracal but they are banned in alot of states. If you are responsible and take care of your animals then there's no problem.

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      draya 

      23 months ago

      are otters legal in south carolina

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      Michael Biscut 

      2 years ago

      What are the restrictions on Wallabies in Michigan? I can't find much info online.

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      Michael B 

      2 years ago

      What is the regulations for Wallabys in Michigan? I can't find much info online.

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      dirthawker 

      2 years ago from Washington State

      On your "States where non-human primates are legal" you listed Washington. I am fairly certain all non-human primates are and have been illegal for quite a few years.

      Section 4 says: "(1) A person shall not own, possess, keep,

      harbor, bring into the state, or have custody or control of a potentially dangerous wild animal"

      Section 1 lists all non-human primates.

      http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2007-08/Pdf... c 238 § 4.

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      Capy 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I agree with you. It's fine to have "wild animals" as you're exotic pets. God has given us human beings dominion over the animals. We can eat them, kill them, or have them as pets. Okay, animal activists protest against me all you want. When God gave humanity dominion over the animals, it was in order to care for, tend to, and use those animals to their fullest potential in a just manner. At the time that God gave mankind dominion over the animals, humans did not eat meat (Genesis 1:29). Eating meat did not begin until after the Flood (Genesis 9:1–3), and it was at that time that animals started to fear humans. However, although God changed the way we interact with animals, in that they are now “meat,” we still bear a responsibility to treat animals humanely. I love exotic animals, as I love on an exotic farm.

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      Spatz 

      2 years ago

      This is slightly incorrect Wisconsin probably has the loosest laws since there are no restrictions on what animals you can own besides federally banned animals

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      Melissa A Smith 

      2 years ago from New York

      Uncle Sven: Probably. I think you can have them in most states.

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      Uncle Sven 

      2 years ago

      Can you own an Emu in Illinois?

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      Andrew Jefferson Pangilinan 

      2 years ago

      Is it legal to own a elephant

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      natasha dupuis 

      2 years ago

      i think that the fennec fox is super adorable

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      Susjdjdj 

      2 years ago

      Just a question can you have over 26 pets in Iowa because I want to know a limit because I'm getting lizards and squirrels

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      Jones people like pets so get ur grubby little hand away form ur phone 

      2 years ago

      I own a lion 4 birds 5 dogs snakes mice hamsters cats I have a lot of animals that I love and they love me back

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      Ringneck 

      2 years ago

      Is it legal without a permit to have a pet ring-necked dove in Nevada

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      ABWells 

      2 years ago

      Being a pet owner isnt for everyone. Be it exotic pets or mainstream pets. Its a lot of work regardless. And the same could be said of a pet owner of at cat or dog. The fact of the matter is the reason most people have pets is for thier own purpose. So bet it a cat, hedgehog, lizard, snake, hamster, rabbit or what have you its mostly to make the owner feel better. And a lot of times people arnt ready to do whats needed for the pet. So Mr. Jones.. If you dont mind me asking what the reason you have a normal pet??? Is it companionship?? Or maybe cuteness?? A gift for a child or spouse?? Or you just like them?? The inital reson is usally for self.

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      Katie 

      2 years ago

      Where would Sloths come into class or are they allowed in Tennessee?

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      GalaxyRat 

      2 years ago

      Nice list, I have been thinking about getting an exotic animals for a while. I want to get a fox, capybara, or a leopard cat (although those are endangered and I wouldn't be helping by adopting one. Unless I bred them, but you get the point!).

      Nice Hub! Keep up the good work!

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      Bryan 

      2 years ago

      I cant seem to get a deffinent answer about owning a red fox as a pet, in the state of Washington

      please email me personally at bryanmaverick4@gmail.com

      so I can get the message sooner

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      Melissa A Smith 

      2 years ago from New York

      It's unlikely.

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      Coopiendo 

      2 years ago

      can i own an elephant in the state of virginia, i googled that and it was not a specific yes or no answer

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      your neighborhood hippie 

      2 years ago

      yo Mr C O Jones i live in america "home of the free" so for you to try and dictate someones wants is against our natural born rights i and everyone else is free to live the life they wont soo hop the fuck off our backs about a pet we want when there is bigger problems than your life to deal with dip shit

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      Hannah fuss 

      2 years ago

      Are lemurs Legal

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      Elaina 

      2 years ago

      Hello! I have recently started doing some research on Indiana laws about Fennec foxes and I'm having trouble finding what I need. So far, most of the sources I've found have stated that I would need a permit to own one. Is this correct? Also, instead of "buying" I would love to adopt a fox that needs to be re-homed for whatever reason. If you know of anyone I can contact I would really appreciate it!

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      FireBee 

      2 years ago

      I really want a fennec fox but my mom won't let me!

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      Melissa A Smith 

      2 years ago from New York

      I don't know but Mass doesn't sound good. Most places in the Northeast are pretty bad for exotics. Go to NY for fennecs and genets.

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      Delihlah 

      2 years ago

      Hey! This was great and I love your profile, is it a genet? I'm trying to do research on genets to find out if I can get one, where I'd have to live and proper care, I currently just moved to Vermont but I'm looking to move back to my home in Mass, not sure if they have a ban on them, I only know wolves and foxes are banned since I had a boyfriend who wanted a fox. I think exotic pets are beautiful and amazing to have around, my stepfather actually had two wolves, they got too big for the house so him being a carpenter built them a huge pen outside with a wooden den under a big pine tree and a sort of climbing place, he was the only one allowed inside because the wolves were used to him and he was one of their "pack." Please excuse this little roller coaster of a comment, I'm just very excited when it comes to these topics :)

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      Anonymous 

      2 years ago

      It's selfish to want to keep large cats. That animal isn't going to have a fulfilling life in a cage in your backyard.

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      Sally C. 

      2 years ago

      Are any foxes (including every fox), legal in Phoenix Arizona? And if they are do you need an exotic permit. Thank you for your help. I hope you can answer this!

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      Melissa A Smith 

      2 years ago from New York

      Kcs52--I think so, you need to call the DNR.

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      Lib D. 

      2 years ago

      I have been researching but I can't find the answer to my question. Are European badgers a legal pet in New York State

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      perky lady 

      2 years ago

      Can you have a hedgehog in Hawaii?? They are so cute and I really want one!!

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      Matti 

      2 years ago

      Is it legal to own a sloth in southern IL.

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      Kcs52 

      2 years ago

      So I'm confused as to whether you can own a red fox in the state of alabama or not? Do you know?

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      Melissa A Smith 

      2 years ago from New York

      There are a few birds you can keep in HI.

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      hi 

      2 years ago

      what do u guys think about owning exotic pets it hawaii?

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      John809 

      2 years ago

      how are opossums classified and are the illegal to own in some states

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      Matt 

      3 years ago

      In Pennsylvania it is legal to own any venomous snake that you want as long as their not native to the state, I currently have ten breeding Monical cobras and a west African gaboon viper and six hognose.

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      Adam 

      3 years ago

      The reason certain animals "exotic" or otherwise were deemed illegal was solely due to irresponsible owners...which sucks bc just like a child tires of an old toy they drop it and move on to the next joyful thing. To be honest I love piranha way more than any bass catfish or queer native species to the state of Ky, but it's due to idiots that I cannot legally obtain something I desire for fear from the state that I'm gonna be tired of them or I couldn't provide the proper tank size to keep them...bs any true lover of exotics is going to go through lengths large or otherwise to take care of said animal. As always idiots mess shit up for everyone else.

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      Emma 

      3 years ago

      @ Jones : i want a fennec fox or a river otter because I'm passionate about those animals and I love them. So fuck off with your high horse

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      Chris 

      3 years ago

      Love my frogs :D all 8 of them. They're amazing.

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      Melissa A Smith 

      3 years ago from New York

      Johnathon: I think so but you should check.

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      Melissa A Smith 

      3 years ago from New York

      Sebastian: Amazing, maybe one day gerbils will be legal?

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      johnathan 

      3 years ago

      Are kangaroos legal in ohio?

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      Sebastian 

      3 years ago

      I know this article is a bit old now, just thought I'd let you know if you care to update, Glofish and Freshwater Stingrays are no longer illegal in California, and haven't been for quite a bit.

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      mary 

      3 years ago

      What exotic pets can you have in Pennsylvania

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      Melissa A Smith 

      3 years ago from New York

      Nathan: Certainly not California. Colorado I'm not sure.

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      Melissa A Smith 

      3 years ago from New York

      No one: It should be legal, but they require massive tanks.

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      Nathan 

      3 years ago

      Is it legal to have a pet sloth in California or, Colorado?

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      No one 

      3 years ago

      Do you have any idea if salt water sting rays (cownose) is legal in the state of ny

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      Melissa A Smith 

      3 years ago from New York

      Thank you NovaKay.

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      Melissa A Smith 

      3 years ago from New York

      Fk2002: No. Even ferrets require a permit from the Division of Fish and Wildlife according to this: http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-news/2010/03/30/ri...

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      NovaKay 

      3 years ago

      It's really sad that people have such closed minds in terms of animals. SOme of these comments really show that close mindedness. Any animal can be considered "domesticated" or "tame" if they have the right qualities. By definition, tame is an animal that is not dangerous or frightened of people, and domesticated is any animal that is tame and kept as a pet or on a farm. All animals, even “domesticated” ones, such as cats and dogs, could be dangerous. It’s all depends on the situations they are in and how they were raised.

      I see videos of a man on Facebook who rescues wild cats. He plays with them, even the fully grown ones, the way I play with my own “domesticated” cat. Granted, I’m not saying an animal as powerful as a tiger or lion should be kept as a pet by everyone, especially since many are endangered, but many exotic animals are easily tamed when socialized with at a young age and treated with the love and compassion that you would treat your cat or dog with.

      I feel certain animals should have many requirements that need to be met to be allowed to own them, because they would need to have a lot of knowledge to properly care for them (bigs cats, bears, any other harder to care for animals), but I don’t think the privilege to own them should be limited due to the fact that they are labeled with the word ‘exotic”. All exotic means is foreign, and LONG ago many animals we own as domestic pets today were foreign. Cats are thought to originally be from Egypt and places near it.

      Look at animals like the fennec fox, or ferrets, or even racoons. These animals tend to act very similar to cats and dogs. Yes, they have their differences, but they are not crazy wild animals unless raised in a crazy wild environment. They are intelligent and can be taught many things. Things that cats and dogs can learn. Forms of potty training, basic commands, and love.

      Also, many animals that are domesticated are not endangered. Cats and dogs are pretty much the first animals to be domesticated, and they run around the world like crazy. Most animals that are endangered are that way because of hunting (legal and illegal) and natural selection. There are many programs that are working to re-populate the endangered animals. There are a lot of animals that live longer and healthier lives in captivity. When in the right care, animals end up enjoying human company as much as the humans enjoy theirs.

      Thank you Melissa for this informative and helpful page.

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      Fk2002 

      3 years ago

      Is it illegal to own a tiger in Rhode island. I want one but I can't find anything about Rhode island restrictions. Could you help me out?

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