Reptiles: Related Statutes
|Statute by category||Citation||Summary|
|ME - Exotic Pets - Subchapter 15. Wildlife Importation and Possession, Permits and Requirements,||12 M. R. S. A. § 12151 - 12161||
These Maine statutes prohibit keeping wildlife in captivity, importing, breeding or releasing wildlife into the wild, with exceptions for a person holding a license. Taking reptiles, amphibians, and certain nonmarine invertebrates from the wild is also prohibited without a license. Provisions for the disposition of wolf hybrids are included. Penalties for violations incur fines that range from $100 to $500. Three or more such violations are considered to be a Class E criminal offense.
|US - Importation - Fraud and False Statements||18 USC § 1001||
Under this federal law, fraudulent statements, orally or in writing, may result in a fine and or imprisonment.
|US - Lacey Act - Conspiracy Statute||18 USC § 371||
If two or more persons conspire either to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both. If, however, the offense, the commission of which is the object of the conspiracy, is a misdemeanor only, the punishment for such conspiracy shall not exceed the maximum punishment provided for such misdemeanor.
|DE - Exotic Pets - CHAPTER 72. POSSESSION OF MAMMALS OR REPTILES EXOTIC TO DELAWARE||3 Del.C. § 7201 - 7203||
This Delaware law requires a permit to possess, sell, or import any non-native wild animal. No such permits will be granted for non-native venomous snakes.
|IL - Exotic pets - Act 68. Herptiles-Herps Act||510 ILCS 68/1-1 to 510 ILCS 68/110–5||
Under the Herptiles-Herps Act reptiles and amphibians are exempt from the definition of “aquatic life” under the Fish and Aquatic Life Code. All rules and enforcement actions under the Illinois Conservation Law and the dangerous animals statutes related to reptiles and amphibians are now covered exclusively by this Act.
|CT - Fisheries & Wildlife - Chapter 490. Fisheries and Game. § 26-1. Definitions||C. G. S. A. § 26-1||
Definitions for the Connecticut Statute for Fisheries and Wildlife
|GA - Alligators - Article 7. Feeding of Wild Alligators||Ga. Code Ann., § 27-3-170||
This Georgia law makes it illegal to willfully feed or bait any wild alligator not in captivity. Violation is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $200 or confinement up to 30 days, or both.
|KY - Reptiles in Religious Services - Chapter 437. Offenses Against Public Peace||KRS § 437.060||
This law states that any person who displays, handles or uses any kind of reptile in connection with any religious service or gathering shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100).
|NY - Exotic Pets - Chapter 69 Of the Consolidated Laws.||McKinney's Agriculture and Markets Law § 370||This New York law provides that any person who owns or possesses a wild animal or reptile capable of inflicting bodily harm upon a human being, who fails to exercise due care in safeguarding the public from attack by such wild animal or reptile, is guilty of a misdemeanor. The punishment for violation is imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars, or by both. The second part of the law imposes strict liability upon owners of dangerous wild animals.|
|NV - Wildlife - Chapter 501. Administration and Enforcement.||NRS § 501.097||
"Wildlife" means any wild mammal, wild bird, fish, reptile, amphibian, mollusk or crustacean found naturally in a wild state, whether indigenous to Nevada or not and whether raised in captivity or not.
|SD - Predator Control - Chapter 40-36. Predatory Animal and Reptile Control.||S D C L § 40-36-1 - 46||
These South Dakota statutes pertain to predatory animal and reptile control. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service work together to control coyotes, feral dogs, fox, prairie dogs, and other wild animals that are injurious to livestock, poultry, game, land, and the public health. Bounties may be paid for coyotes, if the bounty hunter has a license.
|TN - Dangerous Animals - § 39-17-101. Dangerous snakes or reptiles; handling||T. C. A. § 39-17-101||
This Tennessee law makes it an offense for a person to display, exhibit, handle, or use a poisonous or dangerous snake or reptile in a manner that endangers the life or health of any person. Violation is a Class C misdemeanor.
|TX - Alligators - Chapter 65. Alligators||V. T. C. A., Parks & Wildlife Code § 65.001 - 104||
Under these Texas statutes, no person may take, sell, purchase, or possess an alligator, an alligator egg, or any part of an alligator without a permit. An offense is a misdemeanor.
|CA - Reptiles & Amphibians - Division 5. Protected Reptiles and Amphibians||West's Ann. Cal. Fish & G. Code § 5000 - 5062||
These sections are the California statutes that specifically protect certain reptiles and amphibians. The sections enumerate the protected species and strictly prohibit taking and possession, with a narrow exception that may be granted by permit to an educational or scientific institution or a public zoological garden.
|CA - Cruelty, exemptions - § 599c. Construction of title; game laws;||West's Ann. Cal. Penal Code § 599c||
This statute makes it clear that the title is not meant to interfere with “game laws” or the right to destroy venomous reptiles or other dangerous animal. Neither is there an intent to interfere with laws regarding the destruction of certain birds, interfere with the right to kill animals used for food or with scientific experiments.