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Pet Armadillo Legal States 2024

Pet Armadillo Legal States 2024

Armadillos, with their distinctive armor-like shell and quirky behavior, are fascinating creatures native to the Americas. Originating primarily from regions like South America, Central America, and the southern United States, these mammals are known for their unique ability to roll into a ball when threatened, providing them with protection against predators. Interestingly, armadillos are also skilled diggers, using their sharp claws to excavate burrows for shelter and foraging.

Despite being primarily wild animals, some people are drawn to the idea of keeping armadillos as pets due to their unusual appearance and behaviors. However, the reality of caring for an armadillo can be quite challenging. These creatures have specific dietary and habitat requirements, and their natural behaviors may not easily adapt to captivity. Additionally, armadillos can carry diseases such as leprosy, posing a risk to human health.

While regulations vary by state, many jurisdictions have laws in place that prohibit or heavily regulate the ownership of armadillos as pets. These laws are often enacted to protect both the welfare of the animals and public safety.

In states where owning a pet armadillo is legal, strict regulations typically govern their possession, ensuring that owners adhere to proper care standards and take precautions to prevent potential harm to both the animal and the environment. However, it's essential for prospective owners to consider the ethical and practical implications of keeping armadillos as pets and to explore alternative ways to appreciate these fascinating creatures, such as observing them in their natural habitats or supporting wildlife conservation efforts.

Pet Armadillo Legal States 2024

  • Table lists states in which state legal code specifically addresses the legality of armadillos.
  • In many states, armadillos are not directly addressed but are covered under "exotic pets" guidelines, which are regulated on the state, county, and municipal levels.
  • Prospective armadillo owners should confirm with local officials in their specific state, county, and municipality of residence to confirm the legality of keeping armadillos as pets.

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DelawareUnclearDelaware Code Title 3. Agriculture section 7201 et seq., 903-1.0 et seq.Source
New HampshirePermit RequiredNew Hampshire Revised Statutes Title 18 Fish and Game. Chapter 207. Import, Possession, or Release of Wildlife section 207:14New Hampshire Code Administrative Rules. Fish sections 804.01 et seq.SourceSource
New JerseyPermit RequiredNew Jersey Administrative Code Title 7. Department of Environmental Protection sections 7:25-4.3 et seq., 7:25-4.6 et seq.,New Jersey Statutes Annotated Title 23. Fish and Game , Wild Birds and Animals, section 23:4-63.3SourceSource
AlabamaLegalAlabama Department Of Conservation And Natural Resources Administrative Code sections 220-2-.26, 220-2-.154Alabama Code Title 9. Conservation and Natural Resources sections 9-2-7 et seq., 3-1-3, 9-11-324SourceSource
ArkansasLegalArkansas Administrative Code, Game and Fish Commission, sections 09.01 et seq., section 09.14Arkansas Code Title 20. Public Health and Welfare sections 20-19-501 et seq., 20-19-504, 20-19-602SourceSource
KansasLegalKansas Statutes Chapter 32. Wildlife, Parks and Recreation sections 32-1301 et seq.Kansas Administrative Regulations Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism section 115-18-10SourceSource
LouisianaLegalLouisiana Administrative Code Title 76 section 115, 13Source
OklahomaLegalOklahoma Administrative Code. Title 800. Department of Wildlife Conservation. Chapter 25. Wildlife Rules 800-25-25-3Oklahoma Statutes Annotated. Title 29. Game and Fish, Chapter 1, Article 4, section 4-107, Article 2, section 2-109.2, 2-149.1SourceSource
TexasLegalTexas Health and Safety Code - Health & Safety section 822.101 - 116Texas Local Government Code - Local Government section 240.001 - .002(a), Texas Parks and Wildlife Code - Parks and Wildlife section 65.005SourceSource
ArizonaIllegalArizona Administrative Code Title 12 Natural Resources. Chapter Game and Fish Commission 4R12-405Arizona Revised Statutes Title 17. Game and Fish section 17-306, 17-320SourceSource
CaliforniaIllegalCalifornia Fish and Game Code - Title 14, section 4700Department of Fish and Wildlife, Restricted Species Law, Manual 671SourceSource
ColoradoIllegalCode of Colorado Regulations Chapter W-13 - Possession Of Wildlife, Scientific Collecting, and Special Licenses 2 CCR 406-13 et seq., 2 CCR 406-11, 2 CCR 406-0:008Source
ConnecticutIllegalConnecticut General Statutes Title 26. Fisheries and Game section 26-40a, 26-55, 26-55-6Source
GeorgiaIllegalGeorgia Code Title 27. Game and Fish sections 27-5-1 et seq., section 27-5-5Source
IndianaIllegalIndiana Code Title 14. Natural and Cultural Resources sections 14-22-26 et seq.Indiana Administrative Code Title 312. Natural Resources Commission sections 9-11-1 et seq.SourceSource
MaineIllegalMaine Revised Statutes Title 12. Conservation sections 12151 et seq., 12801Rule Chapters for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Chapter 7 sections 1 et seq.SourceSource
OregonIllegalOregon Revised Statutes Animals sections 609.305 et seq., section 609.345Oregon Administrative Code sections 635-044-0480 et seq.SourceSource
AlaskaAlaska Statutes Title 16. Fish and Game sections 16.05.902 et seq.Alaska Administrative Code. Title 5 Fish and Game. Chapter 92 sections 29 et seq.SourceSource
District of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia Code Division I. Government of District section 8-1808, 8-1804Source
FloridaFlorida Statutes Title XXVIII. Natural Resources; Conservation, Reclamation, and Use section 379.3762; 379.3751Florida Administrative Code sections 68A-.001, et seq.SourceSource
HawaiiHawaii Revised Statutes Division 1. Government section 150A-6.2Hawaii Administrative Code Title 4. Department of Agriculture. sections 4-71-3 et seq., 4-71-6.5, 4-71-6.5 Part B, 4-71PSourceSource
IdahoIdaho Regulations. Department of Agriculture Chapter 27 sections 100 et seq.Idaho Administration Code Department of Fish and Game Title 1 Chapter 8 section 13.01.1013.01.10, Idaho Statutes Title 36 Fish and Game. Chapter 7 sections 701 et seq.SourceSource
IllinoisIllinois Statutes Chapter 510. Animals section 5Illinois Statutes Chapter 720. Criminal Offenses Section 720-5/48-10 Illinois Administrative Code Title 17. Conservation section 805SourceSource
IowaIowa Code Annotated Title 16. Criminal Law and Procedure Chapter 717F sections 1 et seq.Source
KentuckyKentucky Revised Statutes Title IX. Counties, Cities, and Other Local Units section 65.877Kentucky Administrative Regulations 2:082 sections 1 et seq.SourceSource
MarylandMaryland Code, Criminal Law section 10-621 Maryland Health Code section 18-219Maryland Code, Natural Resources section 4-902SourceSource
MassachusettsMassachusetts General Laws Part I. Administration of the Government Chapter 131 sections 23 et seq., 77 et seq.Code of Massachusetts Regulations Title 321 Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Chapter 2 et seq, section 9.001-02SourceSource
MichiganMichigan Compiled Laws, Chapter 287. Animal Industry sections 287.1101 et seq., 287.731, 287.1001 et seq.Michigan Fisheries Order 224.17 Regulations on the Take of Reptiles and AmphibiansSourceSource
MinnesotaMinnesota Statutes Animals and Property section 346.155Minnesota Statutes Game and Fish section 97A.105SourceSource
MississippiMississippi Code Title 49. Conservation and Ecology sections 49-8-1 et seq.Mississippi Administrative Code Title 40, Part 2, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks - Chapter 8SourceSource
MissouriMissouri Revised Statutes Title XXXVIII. Crimes and Punishment; Peace Officers and Public Defenders section 578.023,Missouri Rules of Department of Conservation Division 10—Conservation Commission Chapter 4—Wildlife Code: General Provisions section 10-9SourceSource
MontanaMontana Title 87. Fish and Wildlife sections 87-4-801 et seq.; 87-5-705 et seq., Montana Title 81. Livestock sections 2-701 et seq.Montana Title 50. Health and Safety section 50-23-101, Admin. Rules of Montana. Fish, Wildlife and Parks, section 12.6.2205SourceSource
NebraskaNebraska Revised Statutes Chapter 37. Game and Parks sections 37-477 et seq., 37-245, 37-246Nebraska Revised Statutes Chapter 54. Livestock section 54-701.03, Nebraska Administrative Code Rules & Regulations. Title 163, Ch. 4 sections 1-8SourceSource
NevadaNevada Administrative Code. Wildlife and Management section 503.140, 504.295, 503.110, 503.140. 504.488Source
New MexicoNew Mexico Statutes Chapter 77. Animals and Livestock section 77-18-1New Mexico Administrative Code section
New YorkNew York Consolidated Laws, Environmental Conservation Law - ENV section 11-0103, 11-0511, 11-0512, 11-0917Source
North CarolinaNorth Carolina General Statutes Chapter 153A. Counties section 153A-131, 160A-187Source
North DakotaNorth Dakota Admin. Code sections 48.1-09North Dakota Century Code Title 36. Livestock section 36-01-08.4, 36-01-31, 36-01-08.2SourceSource
OhioOhio Revised Code Title XV. Conservation of Natural Resources section 1533.71Ohio Revised Code Title IX. Agriculture Animals Fences sections 935.01 et seq., 935.02, 935.03 et seq., Ohio Administrative Code section 1501: 31-25-04SourceSource
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Statutes Title 34 Pa.C.S.A. Game sections 2961 to 2963Pennsylvania Admin. Code Title 58, Part II, Subpart B, Chapter 79SourceSource
Rhode IslandRhode Island Administrative Code Title 250 Dept. of Environmental Management, section 250-RICR-40-05-3Rhode Island General Laws Title 4. Animals and Animal Husbandry section 4-18-1, Title 20 section 20-16-3SourceSource
South CarolinaSouth Carolina Code of Laws sections 47-2-10 et seq., 50-11-1765, 50-16-20Source
South DakotaSouth Dakota Legislative Rules Code section 12:68:18:03, 12:68:18:03.01Source
TennesseeTennessee Code Title 70. Wildlife Resources section 70-4-401, 70-4-403 et seq.Source
UtahUtah Administrative Rule sections 657-3-2 et seq.Source
VermontVermont Statutes Title 10. Conservation and Development, section 4709Importation & Possession Rules Unrestricted Wild Animal ListSourceSource
VirginiaVirginia Administrative Code sections 4VAC15-20-50 et seq.Source
WashingtonWashington Revised Code Title 16. Animals and Livestock section 16.30.005, 16.30.010 et seq.Washington Administrative Code section 220-400SourceSource
West VirginiaWest Virginia Code Chapter 19. Agriculture sections 19-34-1 to 19-34-9West Virginia Code Chapter 20. Natural Resources section 20-2-51SourceSource
WisconsinWisconsin Statutes Police Regulations (Chapters 163 to 177) section 169.01, 169.04, 169.11Source
WyomingWyoming Statutes Title 23. Game and Fish section 23-1-101, 23-1-103, Wyoming Rules and Regulations 040.0001.52 section 5Wyoming Rules and Regulations. Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. Possession of Wildlife. Chapter 10. sections 1 to 5SourceSource
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