Owning an Exotic Pet: Legalities & Liabilities [2022]

19 states have comprehensive bans on owning an exotic pet, and four states have no statewide laws or liabilities about owning an animal classified as “exotic.” While many people want one of the numerous options of exotic animals for their pet, there are several legal and insurance issues that people must go through for legal exotic pet ownership. Some individuals strongly believe exotic animals should never be pets, while others disagree and will do all they can to purchase one.

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Exotic Pet Ownership Laws by State
Exotic Pet Ownership Laws by State