+* Top Ten Exotic Pets You Can Legally Own*+

Izzie M., Writer

When you think of pets these 10 probably don’t make your list!

  1. Capybara

The Capybara is one of the worlds largest rodents, it can weigh up to 140 pounds and are semi-aquatic animals! They are very social animals and wouldn’t do well on there own so if you’re looking to get one makes sure you have 2 or more :p They are only legal to own in Texas and Pennsylvania, you may be able to get them in other states but they require a license.

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2.  Bearded Dragon

Believe it or not, the Bearded Dragon is an exotic pet! They can grow up to 2 feet long and love to be handled and held.

3. Serval

The serval is a beautiful exotic cat that comes from Africa. They aren’t typically aggressive but they can be hard to own as they still are considered wild but they are very affectionate and can be great companions, though they have some survival instincts you may not be able to train. he states in which owning a serval is legal makeup about half of the United States. It’s legal to own a serval in Nevada, Idaho, Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia without a license required. You can obtain a license to own a serval in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Mississippi, Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Maine, though it is illegal to own them in all other states.

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     4. Fennec Fox

Fennec foxes also come from Africa and are the smallest breed of fox in the world, only reaching 4 pounds when they’re fully grown. Their behavior usually resembles one of a dog and a cat, they are playful and energetic like a dog and independent like a cat. They typically live to be 10-15 years old, It is legal to own a fennec fox everywhere in the United States except Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, and Washington.

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5.  Wallaby

Closely resembling kangaroo wallabies are often referred to as “mini kangaroos.” They are extremely common in the wild of Australia but can be seen in some parts of the USA as pets. Lots of outdoor space is required to own a wallaby, so they are illegal to own inside many city limits. Check with your state before deciding to look for a wallaby as a pet, you may need to obtain a license first.

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6. Chimpanzee

A chimpanzee’s lifespan can be upwards of 50 years, meaning you’re signing up for a lifelong commitment of raising this wild animal. A male chimp can grow to be about 150 pounds and at least twice as strong as humans. Owning a chimpanzee is illegal in most states throughout the country, but you may be able to obtain a license to own one in a few states like Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, or North Dakota. Although some states don’t necessarily have “regulations” against owning a chimpanzee, you’ll still need to check with your state first.

7. Hedgehog

Caring for a hedgehog is similar to owning any other rodent like a hamster or guinea pig. You will need a cage water food etc. It’s legal to own a hedgehog in most states around the United States. However, there are a few places where it’s still illegal – Pennsylvania, Hawaii, California, Georgia, Arizona, and Maine. Although, you may be able to own one with a permit in these states.

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8. Hyacinth Macaw

Able to grow up to 40 inches tall with a 60-inch wingspan, hyacinth macaws are extremely strong animals. They are very smart birds and love to play and climb they also have a very strong beak. Even though you can own this beautiful bird as a pet, they’re still considered endangered with only 2,500-5,000 left in the wild. They’re costly (think upwards of ten thousand dollars) and require lots of special care. Hyacinth Macaws are legal in most states as long as they are obtained legally and the proper and the proper documentation is completed.

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9. Chinchilla

The chinchilla is a member of the rodent family but is, unfortunately, one of the most destructive. They don’t like to be cuddled, but they love to run around and play. They can get bored relatively easily so they’ll need lots of “fun” things to entertain them. As long as the chinchilla is obtained legally (not captured from the wild), it is legal to own one in most states, no license required.

10. Ball Python

In the same snake family as boas, ball pythons are a type of constrictor snake – meaning they kill their prey by constricting and suffocating them. Although smaller than boas, pythons can reach up to three or four feet long and live for an average of 20 to 30 years. Maybe not surprisingly, ball pythons are illegal to own in Florida (unless you have a permit prior to 2010), New York, Hawaii, and some cities in California. They’re legal in most other places and don’t require a license to own.

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