Exotic Pets In Apartments – Laws by State

Nov 8, 2011 | No Responses

Pet Friendly Apartments


pet friendly apartmentsAddison Pet Friendly Apartments and our Addison Apartment locators is happy to help you understand better what is allowed and what is not when thinking of renting an apartment in Addison and living with pets. This post in particular will help you with Exotic Pet and Laws you will need to know according to the state where you intend to rent an apartment and adopt an exotic pet. This infomration is provided by about.com and bornfreeusa.org in collaboration with Addison Pet Friendly Apartments

Make reference to the Exotic Pets and Laws by State to find out about what you can and can`t do in your state 

To find other pet friendly apartments in cities around Addison TX or in the DFW metro area Go To Find a Home

Pet Friendly apartments by state

  • Alabama Exotic Pet Laws
  • Noone can possess, sell, or import fish from the genus Clarias or Serrasalmus, Black carp, any species of mongoose, any member of the family Cervidae (deer, elk, moose, caribou), any species of coyote, fox, raccoon, skunk, wild rodents or wild turkey. There are no licenses or permits required for ownership.
  • Alaska Exotic Pet Laws
  • Noone can possess, sell, import or export live game animals (any species of bird, mammal, or reptile, including a feral domestic animal, found or introduced in the state, except domestic birds and mammals). The state also includes all non-domestic animals including wild felines, wild canines, bear, primates as “live game.”
  • Arizona Exotic Pet Laws
  • Restricted wildlife includes all non-domestic canines and felines, primates (except non-infant primates that are free from zoonotic disease), alligators, crocodiles, poisonous snakes and more. Special permits can be issued to specific individuals or groups to keep these animals, otherwise they are illegal to own as pets.
  • Arkansas Exotic Pet Laws
  • Large carnivores are illegal to own. There is also a limit of 6 bobcats, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, quail, oppossum, coyote, deer, red fox, and gray fox per owner.
  • To be short, no wild animals are allowed to be kept as pets in California. This includes all non-domestic canines and felines, elephants, crocodiles and more.
  • Colorado does not allow most exotic animals to be kept as pets, but you can keep some native reptiles, and what the state considers unregulated wildlife which includes sugar gliders, hedgehogs and more.
  • Bears, large cats and primates are included in the list of illegal animals to own in this small state.
  • This state requires permits for many wild mammals and reptiles and poisonous snakes are illegal to possess.
  • Animals are classified into classes. Class I animals are illegal to possess and include bears, large cats, rhinos, crocodiles, and chimps. Class II animals are allowed only with a permit and include Howler monkeys, macaques, bobcats, cougars, wolves and more.
  • Illegal animals are described as inherently dangerous animals. Thisclassification includes kangaroos, primates, elephants and cobras.
  • Exotic animals are illegal in Hawaii. These include bears, large cats, wild canines and more.
  • Big game animals are not allowed to be kept as pets but you may keep any other mammal, reptile, or big found in the wild as a pet, as long as they are not of special concern (threatened, engangered, etc.).
  • Dangerous animals are not allowed to be kept as pets unless you are a zoo, licensed circus, or other acceptable organization. Dangerous animals include large cats, coyotes, wolves, bears, and poisonous reptiles.
  • No monkey laws exist in this state, but you do need a permit for dangerous exotic animals. This includes large cats, bears, wolves and coyotes, hyenas, venomous reptiles, gorillas, Burmese pythons, anacondas, and more.
  • This state is pretty straight forward with their exotic pet laws. No dangerous wild animal is to be possessed, owned or bred in Iowa. This is defined as non-domestic cats and dogs, bears, primates, numerous reptiles and more.
  • Kansas does not allow dangerous regulated animals to be kept as pets unless you are a zoo, sanctuary, or other approved facility. Dangerous regulated animals include large cats, bears, and venomous snakes.
  • No person may possess an inherently dangerous animal. This includes primates, dangerous reptiles, bears, large cats and more.
  • Unless you were grandfathered in, you cannot own a primate, bear or cougar in this southern state.
  • Permits are needed to possess or breed wild animals. You may not possess deer, bears, moose or turkeys.
  • A wide variety of exotic pets are restricted in this state. Wild felines, bears, raccoons, skunks, foxes, primates and other exotic pets are not allowed.
  • Wild animals are not allowed to be kept as pets here. Wild animals are defined as non-domesticated animals.
  • No large cats, bears, and wolf hybrids allowed in Michigan. All other animals not listed above need a permit.
  • This state has restrictions for owners of restricted pets that they acquired prior to the law changes. It is also unlawful to possess bears, non-domestic felines and primates.
  • Small felines such as ocelots and servals are allowed in this state without a permit, but inherently dangerous animals as defined by the state’s law need a permit to be kept as a pet. The permit requirements are steep and the permit is only good for one year for one animal.
  • If you want to own one of the animals on this state’s list of dangerous wild animals you must register it with the county the animal is kept in. Lions, tigers, wolves and poisonous reptiles are included in this list.
  • A permit is required if you want to have a “wild animal menagerie.” This is defined as anyone who does not exhibit their large cats, bears, etc., and does not have a minimum or maximum number of animals listed.
  • There are no restrictions for reptiles or primates but you may not keep any non-domesticated felines, skunks, wolves or bears as pets.
  • Specific animals are listed as being prohibited in Nevada and include alligators, crocodiles, raccoons, and foxes. You may still own primates, elephants, wolves and non-domesticated felines.
    New Hampshire
  • Primates, venomous reptiles, bears, wolves and other animals are prohibited.
    New Jersey
  • Potentially dangerous species are on the list of prohibited pets but you may apply for a permit after meeting extensive, but practical, requirements.New Mexico
  • It is unlawful for a person to possess non-domesticated felines, primates, crocodiles, alligators, and wolves. Their state website does have a permit application available for non-domestic animals though.(Policy
    Statement by the Department of Game & Fish)

    New York
  • The law states you are not allowed to own any non-domestic feline or canine, bears, crocodiles, venomous reptiles, and primates.
    North Carolina
  • This state allows individual counties and cities to create ordinances regarding exotic pets, therefore depending on where you live in North Carolina, you may or may not have any regulations.
    North Dakota
  • Depending on what category your exotic pet falls into, you may or may not need a license/permit to own them. Inherently dangerous animals as defined by the state are listed as Category 4 animals and require a permit.
  • Ohio had quite the reputation for their lack of exotic animal laws until January 6th, 2011 when the laws were changed. Now only people who previously owned dangerous exotic animals and get a permit each year for those animals are allowed to keep these kinds of pets. Native wildlife also needs permits from the Ohio Division of Wildlife to be kept as pets. Skunks, racoons, and opossums fall into this category of native wildlife.
  • Just get yourself a permit and you can own whatever animal you’d like here in the Mid-west. The state calls it a wildlife breeder’s license.
  • All exotic animals (wild cats, bears, crocodiles, etc.) need a permit to be kept as pets in this state.
  • You must acquire a permit for the exotic animals that are listed as “exotic wildlife” by the state.
    Rhode Island
  • Permits that require proof of adequate knowledge and housing for the animals desired are needed to possess primates and other exotic pets.
    South Carolina
  • A permit to own native animals is needed, but there are no state laws concerning primates, reptiles or large cats.
    South Dakota
  • In order to own a primate, hoofstock, large cat, bear, or other exotic pet listed by the state you must obtain a permit.
  • Class I animals (chimps, gorillas, cheetahs, etc.) are outlawed as pets but there are no rules on monkeys and small wild cats

  • Pet Friendly Apartments In Texas

  • Texas
  • A license is required to own many animals the state considers to be dangerous. This includes bears, coyotes, cougars, chimps, lions, tigers and many others. There are no laws regarding monkeys, wolves and other animals.
  • In only very rare circumstances can you get a permit to own one of the many animals listed as prohibited. Animals that fall into this category include bears, all non-domesticated felines, ferrets, and more.
  • Unless you want exotic animals for educational purposes or exhibition, you cannot keep them as pets. Exotic animals include primates, bears, poisonous reptiles, large cats and wolves. A permit is needed even for educational and exhibitory purposes.
  • Nonnative animals listed in the law are illegal to keep as pets. Educational and exhibitory purposes need a license and anyone can keep primates as pets.
  • As of 2007, Washington state laws changed to restrict dangerous animals from being kept as pets. This list includes bears, wolves, large cats, alligators, primates and more.
    West Virginia
  • A fee of $2.00 is issued to get a permit for native species that were legally acquired. Other than native species, there are no laws governing exotic animals.Wisconsin
  • No restrictions here, except that all animals commonly sold at pet shops need certificates of veterinary inspection if brought from outside the state.
  • Game animals are regulated and exotic species (anything not found in the wild in the state or domesticated) are illegal to possess as pets.

  • Find Pet Friendly apartments in other cities using our Find A home Page. If you have restricted breeds, large dogs and/or Multiple pets, feel free to give us a call and ask our Pet Friendly Apartments locators to help you out

Enjoyed this Post? Share it!

Share on Facebook Tweet This!