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Q: Texas snake laws?
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I don't know if this is the appropriate place to post, but I just found out that I might be moving to Texas for a short period of time, it could turn permanant, just depends on the job outlook. What are the reptile laws in Texas? I have ball pythons and breed them, are there any issues with this I should know about? Please let me know. Thank you! :)

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Accepted Answer 4/19/2012 10:59:06 AM

Two Corny People

Here are a couple of links that you might find helpful:  One is from Repticon which mentions the laws in Texas in regards to non-native species (it does mention selling them because of the show circuit) but contains helpful links to other information.  The other link is from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division which is always a good place to start since they are the ones responsible for most of the state level conservation efforts.  They do have a nonindigenous (exotic) snake permit but it does not look like ball pythons are on the list but I will still double check since laws change everyday.  We run into this with cornsnakes because in some states where they are native, you cannot possess a "normal" morph or you have to obtain a permit to have them in your home.  Hope this helps.  Also, kingsnakes.com lists some individual state regulation information as well.




Member Comment 4/19/2012 1:25:28 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

From Kingsnake

Member Comment 4/19/2012 6:39:19 PM


reptile texas law- check into that to see specifications

Member Comment 4/20/2012 4:31:20 PM

DFW Arboreals

You have to have a permit for venomous and large constrictors (retics, Asian and African rock pythons and green anacondas). You get it at Walmart where you buy a hunting or fishing license. It must be renewed annually. It's $20 for the keeper's permit, $60 to be able to breed and/or sell. The breeder's permit is permit # 581. If you don't keep those species, you don't have to worry about anything.

City ordinances vary city to city, but they are only enforced if someone calls in a complaint. Most cities (if they have any ordinances at all) only have them regarding hots and large constrictors. The permits I mentioned above are the only state laws regarding non-native species. Apparently it's not difficult to get a permit for native species (except for some of the endangered stuff- Texas indigos, horned lizards, etc.). If you live outside of city limits and don't keep natives, hots or large constrictors, there are no rules that apply. Texas has some of the most lax animal laws in the country. It's the place to be if you're a herper. :)      -p-

Member Comment 4/20/2012 7:26:35 PM

Triangle Reptiles

what part of the Republic are you moving to?


Member Comment 4/21/2012 11:21:59 PM

Paul White

balls are totally unregulated at the state level so no worries there.
You have to have permits to sell natives, and to possess over a certain number. If they're on the white list it is 26, on the black list it is 6. There are a handful of protected species you absolutely cannot buy or sell or possess-Texas indigos and Texas Horned lizards fit that category (organizations can get permits).  I think box turtles are protected as well but am not sure.  The paperwork involved in buying and selling natives is irksome enough that I just don't breed those species--reporting all the sales, to whom you sale everything, etc. to TPW&D. 

You also need a reptile stamp on your huntingl icense to collect on unpaved public right of ways. Collection from roads is prohibited entirely.

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