Question: Can You Own A Sloth In California?

No, unless you legally possessed one in California before 1992, have “demonstrated the experience and ability to house an animal”, and can provide all conditions that are ”necessary to protect native wildlife, agriculture interests, animal welfare, and/or human health and safety”.

10 Exotic Pets That Are Legal to Own in California

  • Hybrid Cats. These exotic pets which are actually technically domesticated—perhaps more so than a common non-pedigree cat—are legal in most states depending on their percentage of so-called wild genetics.
  • Zebras.
  • Monitor Lizards.
  • American Bison.
  • Second Generation ‘Wolfdogs’
  • Large Constrictor Snakes.
  • Toucans.
  • Camels.

If the answer to this is “no,” then you cannot have a pet sloth. Most vets will refuse to treat exotic animals. Are you willing to go without vacation for as long as the sloth lives? If you get a permit, your permit will only cover you and the address of your home.

Can I legally own a sloth?

Is It Legal to Own a Pet Sloth? Despite their rise in popularity, there are very few legal breeding facilities where you can purchase a two-toed sloth, and more and more people and places are taking part in the illegal trade of the three-toed sloth, which does very poorly in captivity and is illegal to own.

Can I own a baby sloth?

If you are looking for a family-friendly, cuddly, and exotic pet, then you can get yourself a sloth. Although sloths make good pets for some families, there are also drawbacks to raising one. Just like other exotic pets, they are very expensive to care for. And, keeping one can be illegal in some places.