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Q: how do you find out if its ok to own reptiles in your city
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i know this is proubly a dumb question how do you find out if your city allows the owning of reptiles is there a web site you can go on to find this out because someone told me its illeagle to keep reptiles in PA  witch i think is false because most pet stores sell reptiles here in pa btw i live in Altoona PA im worried my reptiles will be taken away and i dont want this to happen so if you can help me out so i dont worry to much

Points: 150
Topics: Caging
Tags: Help, Laws, Reptile
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Accepted Answer 10/22/2008 5:23:47 PM

Right now PA has no laws on the books as far as i know. I think you live in one of the most relaxed states on the east coast. You can keep anything from hots to monitors and everything in between. But if you were going to check with someone, an agency maybe, i would state with the PA dept of agriculture or PAs fish and wildlife. If those departments dont know anything, you could always try the SPCA.
Member Comment 10/22/2008 5:36:04 PM

The only thing i could find out is that it is illegal to capture, own, breed, or sell any animal that is native to pennsylvania.
Assisted Answer 10/23/2008 1:41:25 PM

well frye helped ya out pretty well there. 

if you move and ever want to find the info on your own, look up the wildlife office of your state. google search for your states laws, or state website and find the contact page. Florida has the Florida Fish and Game Commistion. or even do a search on your state+reptile ownership laws.

and frye was right, you can also look up the spca, or the agriculture department
Member Comment 10/23/2008 1:47:09 PM


i forgote to mention that it may be illegal to own certain reptiles (like the nonnatives) without a specific liscence. Here in FL you have to have a Class 3 to sell exotics (mammals like raccoons, reptiles, avains, etc) and a Class 3 to own certain mammals like skunks and raccoons; and do rehabilitation. you need a venomous liscense to own, or even catch and release venomous snakes. Now you have to have a specific liscense to own large breed snakes like Bums, Rocks, Retics, and Nile monitors even. 

this last law was put into effect 01/01/2008 and it has taken a toll nt he petshop buisness here. you cant be grandfathered into the law either. so a lot of the petstore here have the snakes (there is even a store near me that sells venomous snakes) but you havve to have the liscenes to buy them

Member Comment 10/23/2008 9:54:04 PM


laws about what u can and cannot own varry from city to city, what u do is go to your city hall and talk to someone there and have them bring out the big book of city code and find the section about what u wanna know. and be prepared to laugh atleast where i live you can't own hippos, elephants, ect...

but my city i can't own anything over 4 foot in length... lol they just won't find out about them then :-)

Member Comment 10/24/2008 4:55:42 PM

you could also call the local by law office and iquire ... thats what i did ... or speak to vets and breeders
Member Comment 11/4/2008 11:38:10 PM

as long as you dont get caught dont worry my friend has an 8 foot boa and the limit is 6 foot in warren OH
Member Comment 11/4/2008 11:40:30 PM

Its problems like that, that are making it hard for me to change the laws in my state. If your state has a law, you owe it to yourself and your animals, as a responsible keeper, to make sure you follow the laws.
Member Comment 10/7/2009 3:59:12 PM


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