Which Exotic Animals Can You Legally Keep in USA? 

Depending on where you live and whether you have permissions and licenses, many additional exotic animals can be pets. Here are some US exotic pet legalities.


Pet snakes and lizards are legal in many states, however there are limits. Some states forbid poisonous snake ownership, while others need permits for particular species.


Parrots, canaries, and finches are popular US pets. Some states prohibit or need specific permits for certain species.


Most states let you keep hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats as pets, although some ban Gambian pouched rats.Due to disease concerns, some states allow hedgehogs as pets, while others ban them.


There are a few states that require a specific permit to keep ferrets as pets, but the majority of states allow their ownership.


Most states ban monkey ownership, except for licensed institutions and anyone who got their pet before a specified date.

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