An annual animal recreation permit is required to keep more than six animals (exotic or not) larger than a guinea pig and over four months old. You cannot have the following animals in New York State: Note that ferrets are legal under most state laws, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming, and more. According to the Legal Information Institute(1) (LII), an exotic animal is defined as «any animal not included in the definition of `animal` in this Part, originating in a foreign country or of foreign origin or character, not originating in the United States, or imported from abroad. Monkeys need constant care and attention, and many will live up to 40 years, according to the Primate Rescue Center. In California, only qualified professionals and individuals receive monkey and other primate licenses for special legal purposes, including medical research and training for television and film. Monkeys are legal in about 17 different U.S. states, including Washington state, Nevada, South Carolina, West Virginia and Ohio. Idaho law prohibits the possession of «harmful exotic animals» defined as non-native and dangerous. They are prohibited without ownership permission and include: California has very strict laws about the types of animals that owners can keep as pets. Some animals are prohibited as pets because they are not intended to be domesticated, others are dangerous to the California ecosystem.
While you may not be the next tiger king, there are many interesting and exotic pets you can own in California. Native herpes are allowed in limited numbers of pets, including: Some exotic animals are not considered wild and can therefore be pets without a permit, including: A permit is required to keep the following pets from the wild: Alabama prohibits personal possession of many exotic animals, including: Intelligent as a dog, foxes were bred to live as pets – but there are not completely domesticated ones. Domestic foxes are legal in up to 15 states, but not in California. The rules vary depending on the breed, the most common is the fennec fox. Although there are fox breeders in California, they cannot be legally sold in the state. Virginia does not explicitly prohibit pets from being pets. However, permits can be difficult to obtain. Another example of alternative animals not prohibited by Section 671 is the American bison.
They are large and vigorous animals that are not so tame, but are often considered farm animals used for meat and fur production. It is unclear whether bison ownership requires a permit provided solely for agricultural use, which would not make them legal as pets. Clacoon dogs and wild animals cannot be kept as pets. Any questions about the legality of pets in California should instead be asked as «What animals are legal?» Owning exotic animals, large or small, is a huge responsibility and a long-term commitment. There are few veterinarians who can treat your pet, food and shelter can be expensive, or the pet needs specific or lengthy care. If the animal begins to become a problem, it is not easy to get rid of it. Older pets are full of habits that owners may not want to manage. But if you are prepared, owning an exotic animal is a very rewarding experience. Like reptiles, snakes in California are not as tightly regulated as mammals, which is why Burmese pythons are legal here, although they have become a threat to native species in Florida. You can also own almost any other type of non-venomous snake. Tell us what you think of California`s exotic pet laws below! You should really legalize the hedgehog and ferret, all other states are fine! Washington does not have a pet license. Keep in mind that California has much stricter laws than most states regarding legal pets.
If you`d like to learn more about other states` laws, here`s a quick overview of exotic pet laws in all 50 states. In fact, the «threat» to public health and safety does not have to be a threat like big cats or bears. Even native California squirrels are against the law because they tend to bite and scratch even if they love someone — and they can also transmit diseases. It`s worth noting that it`s also illegal to feed California squirrels and other wildlife, and while tickets are rarely issued, they can cost up to $1,000. If you want something more exotic than a horse, you can`t get a zebra, but you can adopt a camel to ride and spoil. Many exceptions and limitations apply to these exotic animal laws. Laws often exempt individuals and organizations who own exotic animals for exhibition, scientific or educational purposes. Also, if you owned an exotic pet before a certain date, you can be a grandfather if you registered on time or got a permit. Even if you are allowed to own a certain type of animal, you can still be held responsible for any injury or damage caused by your exotic pet, which can be serious. You can own a variety of exotic animals in Alaska, including: Greyhounds, also known as wolf hybrids, are confusing to define.
Almost all wolves in captivity possess the genetics of domestic dogs to some extent and can be considered «greyhounds» outside of survival programs. In addition, wolves, which have been bred as pets in captivity for generations, are themselves on the path to domestication. This may make them similar to dogs (domestic dogs are probably descended from an extinct close ancestor of modern wolves). Many zoos, including those accredited by the AZA, actually display «high-content greyhounds.» So I am legally allowed to have a pet snake in California. Many exotic pets are allowed in Arizona, including: Pets kept as pets do not require a permit and include: You can see many squirrels in the wild while camping in California, but it is illegal to keep one as a pet. Feeding a wild animal – including a squirrel – is animal harassment under the California Fish and Game Code with a fine of up to $1,000 for feeding an animal! That being said, the endangered animal aspect of the law can be a bit confusing, as some animals are endangered in the wild, but are often kept as captive-bred pets. A good example would be chinchillas, which are endangered in their natural range in Peru, but are pets in California and are legal to own.