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Nine Pets It’s Illegal To Own In California (Slideshow)

Nine Pets It’s Illegal To Own In California (Slideshow)
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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!

First photo: Unnerdal; second photo: Andrew’s Wildlife

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3:24PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Stop spreading the lie that piranhas are "dangerously aggressive". How ignorant someone must be to make a post like that. There are ZERO accounts of piranhas killing people. It's lack of knowledge like this that keeps unreasonable bans in place.

8:28AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

I agree with most of the animals on this list. There are good reasons for them being illegal. I disagree with ferrets and quaker parakeets however. You also forgot to mention, sugar gliders, hedgehogs and gerbils. Why gerbils are illegal but hamsters are not makes no sense to me?

6:09AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012


5:37AM PDT on Jun 17, 2012

I understand about most of the animals...but I completely disagree about ferrets!! Ferrets make absolutely wonderful pets! I have 5...and believe me..they are no threat to any wildlife! God forbid that they some how get lost outside, they would die of starvation before they become a threat to any wild life. My cats pose a much much bigger risk to wildlife than my ferrets. That ban should be lifted across all states! It's a stupid law! May as well ban cats as pets then..and dogs! They are way more successful predators than ferrets!

9:49AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

awesome article. interesting. thanks!

10:21AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

too bad about ferrets...they are good pets. Thanks for sharing.

9:47PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

To Suzy D., I believe most states have provisions for rescuing badly hurt wild animals. Contact the state's Fish & Game Dept. or the nearest large zoo. In New Mexico, one can sign up to be a wild bird and/or animal caregiver. When the state receives word of a hurt animal, the animal is given vet care and is released to a caregiver for the recuperation period. If a full recovery is made, the animal is released back into the wild. There are facilities in the state that provide homes for animals and birds whose injuries render them unable to survive in the wild.

5:10PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

Thank you for the article

3:18PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

My father had one those wolf hybrids...

8:16AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

whoops... i know a couple people with wolf hybrids

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