You may be surprised to discover some of the pets you can’t legally own in California, a state with some of the strictest laws in the country regarding pet ownership. Some of them are pretty obvious, like the leopard, while others, like the owl, are considered wild and so should not be confined.
The list, as maintained by the California Department of Fish and Game, is extremely long, so here are just nine of the forbidden pets of California.
The raccoon, like the squirrel, skunk and possum, is a wild and unpredictable animal that can transmit rabies. So you probably don’t want one of these in your home!
Ferret enthusiasts have tried to persuade the state to eliminate the ban but the animal is considered a threat to native wildlife. It’s a safe bet that not all Californians abide by this rule, however.
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Skunks, on the other hand, are wild, unpredictable and can transmit rabies. Not to mention, they stink! So it’s unlikely that many Californians would want to hug one of these.
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And don’t think about bringing home a first generation wolf dog hybrid, since these animals cannot be legally kept as pets in California.
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Piranhas are dangerously aggressive fish with razor sharp teeth.
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And talking of dangerous teeth, possession of a leopard or any other big cat is prohibited in California, although it is allowed in other states.
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Monk parakeets, also known as Quaker parrots, may look adorable, but they pose a threat to agriculture.
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And here’s another bird you might not have expected to see on the illegal list: owls and other birds of prey are wild and should not be confined.
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Finally, one you may not even have heard of: African clawed frogs cannot be pets in California because they compete with and threaten native California species.
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