What type of pets are illegal where you live?

@JenInTN (27565)
United States
March 27, 2010 2:48pm CST
I was watching the news the yesturday and there was a lady on there that was talking about not bringing home pet turtles from your beach vacations. She was saying that they grow a lot bigger than a lot of people think and that besides that...they are illegal to have in this state. A turtle? Hmmmm....I had no idea. I have never had a turtle but I have known people to have them. When my grandmother found out that I used to have a ferret...she freaked out and said that they were illegal in California. I guess it differs greatly from place to place as to what type of pets people are allowed to have. What about where you live? Are there limits as to what type of pets you can have?
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I'm not sure about where I live now (Virginia) but, where I grew up (Maryland) it was illegal to own painted turtles. In the city, it was illegal to own ferrets and skunks (de-scented). My cousin owned a skunk for awhile but it was legal at the time. Once the law passed to ban pet skunks, she had to get rid of it. I believe chickens were also illegal to own in the city. (I'm talking about Baltimore City here.) I really doubt that anyone really cared what was illegal to own and the authorities never paid attention to people who owned them unless someone complained or the people who owned them tried to sell them (which I think would be pretty stupid on their part). I had RiverCooters (turtles) that had hatched in my backyard. I kept three of them ("Curly", "Moe" and "Mary") and had them in a 75 gallon fishtank until we moved here. They were outgrowing the tank (which had rocks piled up on one side so they could climb up and "sun" themselves under the fluorescent lights) so I released them into our lake when we moved here three years ago. They're very happy there and have even had offspring! I'm content to have cats and dogs now. I don't even have the time or energy to have fish anymore. I still have that 75 gallon tank and am thinking about selling it since I'll probably never use it again.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I used to have a salt water tank that I was in love with. I have thought on and off about getting one again but there is a lot of time and energy that goes into getting them established. I loved laying on the couch and looking at it though. Maybe I'll try another one. I have my dogs to keep me on my toes now. Sounds like you hae some very happy turtles..lol..I bet they are fun to keep an eye on. They live quite long lives I think. Thanks for the response.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Mar 10
It's really cool when I'm at the lake fishing and the turtles poke their heads above the water and watch me. I can almost see smiles on their faces. (Not really, but I know they're much happier in their new, MUCH larger "tank". LOL) When I saw the babies last year, I was thrilled! They all stay around the area where I first put them into the water and, every Spring, I can see where they had buried themselves under the lake bottom for the Winter, all around our deck that overhangs the water. I had spoiled those turtles rotten while I had them in the tank. They were always waiting for me to hand feed them and loved it when I came inside from gardening with some small worms. Normally, they got pond food with tiny, dried shrimp and they loved it. When I first started TRYING to get them to catch their own food by putting small minnows in the tank, they refused to even try to catch them. They'd wait until my son came by and scooped up a minnow with the fishnet and handed it to them. Talk about spoiled rotten! LOL At least, once they were in the lake, they obviously learned to catch their own food. I can't wait until I see them again this Spring. It's still too cold and they're still in hibernation.
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@celticeagle (119330)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Mar 10
Well, I have two stories on this. One about a turtle. When I was young I used to spend time with my cousin. She had a medium sized turtle. She painted the back of it. I thought it was bizarre todo this to a turtle. Then about the ferret. A friend of mine's kid had a ferret that got down in her couch and wouldn't come out. It was in there about a week and they had to get rid of the couch. (Ferrets have a very distinctive odor.)Then the ferret got outside in their back yard and made a terrible mess making holes all over the yard. I would think that these different states have their very good reasons for allowing certain animals. I don't know of any certain laws about animals in my state but I would hope that the pet stores and such would know.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I am hoping that too. I am thinking that there are some pet stores in my surrounding area that actually sell turtles. I was wondering if they could sell them in a location that they were illegal to own..hmm...I'm sure there are good reasons as to why certain animals are allowed in one area and not in others. Thanks for responding.
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@celticeagle (119330)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Mar 10
I would call them and see. I would think that a reputable store would not.
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@cupkitties (7372)
• United States
27 Mar 10
Here any wild animals that are considered illegal unless you have a permit for them. I'd like to have some Galapagos tortoises.
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• United States
27 Mar 10
any wild animals that are considered dangerous are illegal *fixed*
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I think that exotic animals here have to be permitted before they can be owned too. I'm not sure what all falls into that catagory now though because I thought that turtles were pretty common among children. Thanks for the input.
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@shibham (17025)
• India
17 May 10
perhaps i said to you on one of your discussions that turtle is banned to keep as your pet bcoz its too rare here. apart from it we cant keep any bird which seem migratory or rare. we can keep peagon,duck and hen... thats all. have a nice day.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 May 10
I do think I remember you mentioning that. There are certain endangered birds that I'm sure are out of the question here too. We can have exptic birds like parrots and cocktiels. They sell those in the pet shops here but they are pretty expensive.
• United States
12 May 10
The only illegal pets here are the barn animals. You can't have chickens and cows in your yard obviously. I'm in CA too and yes, the ferrets are illegal, but no cop is going to bust up in your house and arrest you for having a ferret. One of the other officers I work with (I'm a cop) has a ferret. I personally wouldn't own one, but whatever works.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 May 10
We can own them here but they have to be spayed or neutered. I think they are rather aggressive if they aren't. You have a very dangerous job..I have been to California a couple of times. I guess a ferret is the least of your worries. I did enjoy my time there. It was a very interesting place to see. Big change from where I'm from. Thanks for the response and stay safe.
@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
7 Apr 10
we have bulls and cows here which are illegal. just because of their aggresive nature they create too much problem for the citizens here.because of them all other wild animals have been disappeared long time ago. now only left few bulls and few cows...i think tortoise is a cute pet to around...don't you think so???
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Apr 10
Bulls can be very aggressive. I have also heard from a few farmers that cows can be mean too. I do think that turtles are very cute. Nice to hear from you sunil! I have been wondering how you have been. Thanks for the response and take care.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Well, I know there's a rule about livestock in town, but I don't think the potbelly pigs are being counted and I KNOW there are chickens in my neighborhood... I know some people would like to follow Dade County's rule and not have pitbulls, but I would like to have a "house horse"...
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
There are laws here about livestock in the city too. I happen to live in a funny little inbetween area that I have to pay city and county taxes so there are some chicken and livestock that are pretty close. I think that pitbulls have been outlawed here too but ya know...I saw a bunch at the animal shelter that needed homes. Thanks for responding.
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@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
28 Mar 10
hello jenintn. piranhas, wild cats, snakes and poisonous animals. i think it is good to have such laws to prohibit these animals from being kept at home. imagine if they ever do escape let alone the first victim they would hurt. and that would be ourselves, the keepers.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I agree. Piranhas are ok to have in my area. They are sold in the local pet stores but that doesn't mean they are any less dangerous. Snakes are very popular here too but they often outgrow their owners. I have a friend at work that was trying to give one away that had grown to 12 ft long..a boa. It apparently would get out of it's tnk and tear up the house. They were also afraid that it might try to eat their grandchildren. The couple had owned it for about 15 years. They have a long life span. Thanks for responding.
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@machivado (529)
• Indonesia
28 Mar 10
I think all endangered animals must not become pets for whatever reasons. It's best to leave them to the professionals who know how to take care of them and could give them the appropriate habitats like the original. Sadly, I've seen a few rich people who don't care about that and instead pet them just for showing off.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
I think that endangered animals should be left to their homes so that they can reproduce and save their species too. It is a shame that there are those that own these creatures for show. Turtles are not endangered here as far as I know. That's why I find it odd that they are illegal to own. I guess it could be the bacteria/disease factor though. I need to look it up. Thanks for the input.
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@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
I have no idea what pets are illegal here where I live, because even if it were illegal, people still get them as pets. This includes a lot of endangered species from our few existing rainforests. I know its illegal in my country to take care of eagles, falcons and some owls since they are nearly extinct here. I guess the same goes for turtles because turtles are endangered.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
People do often manage to take in pets that they are not supposed to have. It is better to leave them to their natural habitat. Thanks for responding.
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@besthope44 (12145)
• India
28 Mar 10
Well, yes certain pets do have restriction, especially the ones considered as precious or rare species. Here deer,seal fish, dolphins cannot be pampered as pets without the approval. Infact, they will come home and take away. Infact there are reasons like they are very rare or they cannot adapt in a place, where they should suppose to live and so on..
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Yes..there are restrictions here on endangered species too. The wolves here are endangered and there is often controversary over those that own wolf hybrids. Thanks for responding.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
28 Mar 10
According to this website I found: Summary of Law: A person may not keep a lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, coyote, or any deadly dangerous, or poisonous reptile unless such person has registered the animal with the local law enforcement agency in the county in which the animal is kept.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Here is what it says for Tennessee. Summary of Law: It is unlawful for persons to possess Class I wildlife unless they were in possession of the animal(s) prior to June 25, 1991. Class I wildlife includes the following orders: Primates (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, gibbons, siamangs, mandrills, drills, baboons, Gelada baboons only); Carnivores (all wolves, all bears, lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, cougars); Proboscidia (all elephants); Perissodactyla (all rhinoceroses); Artiodactyla (all hippos and African buffalos); Crocodylia (crocodiles and alligators); Serpentes (all poisonous snakes); and Amphibians (all poisonous species). However, the state does not regulate private possession of species not listed above, such as monkeys and small non domesticated cats (ocelots, servals, etc.). http://www.bornfreeusa.org/b4a2_exotic_animals_summary.php
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Hi lilybug! Thanks for the link! I checked it out myself too and I didn't see a thing about any turtles on there. Did I miss it? Hmm....that's interesting. I wonder why the lady would say that turtles were ilegal here if they weren't. Thanks again.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
29 Mar 10
My child wants to make a pet of a box turtle (or any wild animal) we found in the woods. How do I care for it? In Tennessee, no one is allowed to keep any animal as a pet taken from the wild, which to many people's surprise includes tadpoles, frogs, lizards, snakes, turtles, baby birds, squirrels, raccoons, and young deer. If the animal is injured, call the nearest of TWRA's four Regional Offices for a list of permitted rehabilitators, who will keep the animal until it can be returned to the wild. If it cannot be returned, the rehabilitator will turn the animal over to someone with a special Educator's Permit, who may be able to use the animal in a classroom or teaching setting. http://www.tennessee.gov/twra/faqmain.html
• United States
28 Mar 10
um..turtles,any kind of livestock (chickens,goats,etc), piranhas (because someone tried to release them in the wild),any kind of sea life in tanks bigger than 75 gallons unless you own your own house,primates,great cats,some snakes.. i'm actually glad they banned primates.besides the obvious reasons, when i was very little it was still allowed-and the one pet store here had a chimpanzee who spent all day in the store,locked in his tiny little cage.he always looked so sad..i often wished i could free him.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Are you serious? Someone tried to release piranhas? I guess it happen more than we realize and some of those dangerous animals might actually survive and evolve..wow..I hate it when I see the primates too. There is a place a few miles away that sells spider monkeys and they are also pitiful little guys. I think that most things that are supposed to be in the wild are often sad creatures. The sea life in tanks over 75 gallons is odd to me. I might have to check and see if there are any limits on such things in my area. I had a very big saltwater tank once a couple of years ago. Thanks for responding.
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• United States
5 Apr 10
yea,the fish tank thing here was started by landlords protesting mainly from people who lived on upper floors with tanks that burst/leaked/were too heavy and damaged property.so that one got snuck in somehow.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Apr 10
Ohhh...I see. I did have to make sure the one I had before was on a bottom floor for saftey. Not by law but just for the saftey factor.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I knew a lady who had a pet deer one time. I found out later that they were illegal to have as pets. I didn't know this when I met her and she probably didn't, either, as she seemed like a nice lady. I don't know of any other animals that are illegal to have as pets here in Alabama unless it's some kind of wild animal. I have a pond in front of my house and there are turtles in it. When my cousins were living with us a long time ago, they caught some a time or two but they didn't last. I see them sunning themselves down there a lot in the summer. Kathy.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Mar 10
Hi Kathy! I'm sure it's ok to have turtles if they are in their natural habitat. I actually lived in Alabama for a while. My middle daughter was born there. I actually had no idea that turtles were illegal to own here. I thought of them as being common pets among children. Thanks for the response.
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@cyrus123 (6383)
• United States
29 Mar 10
What part of Alabama did you live in? It seems like you told me one time but I can't remember. Kathy.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 May 10
Sorry it's taken me so long to respond. I had trouble with my notifications. I lived in the Guntersville Arab area. My middle daughter was born at Guntersville-Arab hospital.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Mar 10
Ferrets yep, desert tortoises, farm animals, exotic animals, pot bellied pigs and miniature horses fall under farm animals... There are also limits to how many pets...
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Really? How many is to many? I know there are issues with horders but I hadn't thought about any law that might limit the number of pets you own. I'll have to see what the limits are here.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Mar 10
When I was in LA, it was 3 cats or 3 dogs or a total of 5 of both. Here in El Dorado county, it's 4 dogs and 4 cats per parcel.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
29 Mar 10
I love frogs, I find them beautiful and fascinating, I live in the UK and when I lived with my ex and four cats they were forever bringing in frogs they had caught it would upset me more than anything else they caught, I would always rescue them, I wanted to keep them as pets but what I didn't know it was against the law to keep garden frogs! So I had to let them go, but I wasn't going to let them go where the cats could find them so I would make regular trips in the car to the pond to free them.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I like frogs too..lol...I bet they are probably illegal here though. Ya never know. I had no idea that turtles were illegal here. After lilybug's post, I'm not so sure that they are...hmm...I meant to research it a little more but I have been covered up with school and work. Thanks for the response.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
29 Mar 10
Pit bull dogs are not only illegal here but they have been banned, apparently. The only folks that are permitted to have pit bulls are the people that owned them before the ban which was imposed late nineties I think; although I’m not sure on that one...I am quite certain that reptiles are not legal here unless one has a licence. There are several species that require licenses like love birds for example I’m told cannot be kept without a permit. Koalas and kangaroos I’m sure are only allowed to be cared for by wildlife volunteers.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 Mar 10
Pit bulls are supposed to be illegal here too but there are people that still have them. As a matter of fact, the last time I went to the animal shelter, there was a bunch of them there. Wolf hybrids have caused a stir here too. Now as far as snakes...the local pet shop has a lot of those. Boas and pythons are the most popular. I find that most people get in over their heads with these when they have to start buying rabbits to feed them instead of mice. Iguanas and chameleons are popular too. There is even one place about 30 minutes away that I saw had spider monkeys for sale. I was a little surprised about that one. I wouldn't think that a pet store could sell a pet that was illegal to own but I might be wrong about that. Thanks for the response.
@Porcospino (18396)
• Denmark
29 Mar 10
A few days ago I read an article about the pets that aren't allowed in Denmark. The rules seem pretty complicated. Many pets are illegal, but there are so many exceptions. Some of kinds of turtles are allowed and others are illegal. A few kinds of alligators are allowed, but most of them are illegal. I was very surpriced to read that, because I thought that they were all illegal. Bats are illegal and so are certain kinds of squirrels, birds, snakes, fish and scorpions.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
29 Mar 10
The exceptions can get really confusing when it comes to the law. I think that if there are going to be restrictions on animals that it should be all turtles or all alligators. Someone could get into a lot of trouble by just not understanding which ones were allowed. I am not one to want exotic animals but if I were, I would want to be within the law. Thanks for responding.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
27 Mar 10
Snakes, turtles, etc are illegal. I'm not sure the law says all reptilians but I think so. Two days there was a case with someone who found a French frog in the cabbage they bought in a shop, and as it was alive it got a new home in Sweden. Not sure what would have happened here in Norway, maybe it would have to go to a zoo. Pitbulls and some other breeds of dogs are forbidden. And all kinds of wild animals I think, both native and exotic. So no tigers, lions, lynxes, mooses or weasels.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
27 Mar 10
Snake are pretty popular pets here..pythons mostly. The ones that are native to my area are not ok to keep though. Rattlesnakes. Pit Bulls are not supposed to be allowed but there are people that own them anyway and then there are the wolf hybrids that have caused controversary throughout the years. Thanks for the response.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I'm really not sure what pets are illegal here. I do know that tigers or baby cubs are illegal (you'd be surprised what people try to keep in there homes). I once knew someone who had a baby alligator. I'm pretty sure that was illegal too.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I think that an alligator would be illegal but when I was little I used to visit family in Florida I remember there used to be places that would sell little alligators. Just like they do those tiny turtles in the t shirt stores along the beach. I agree that there are people that will try to harbor all kinds of creatures. Thanks for the response.