Laws Pertaining to Exotics as Pets
Laws vary from place to place on the legality
of various exotic pet species. Covering all the laws in all locales is
beyond the scope of this page, as laws pertaining to exotic pets range from local city
by-laws to federal regulations.
cities/towns and counties have laws regarding the number of pets, types
of pets, and conditions under which certain pets can be kept.
Exotic species are often prone to more
restrictive laws than non-exotic species.
Some of the reasons for restrictive exotic pet laws are:
to protect the animals from declines in their natural population
to prevent the average citizen from adopting animals for which
they cannot provide adequate space, nutrition and care
to prevent the capture and smuggling of animals
a safety issue - banning of potentially dangerous animals
to protect the public - in the case of an animal escapee
Please keep in mind that laws do exist and it is
incumbent on pet owners to be aware of such laws.