What Exotic Animals Are Legal In California?

What pets are illegal in California?

5 Popular Animals that are Illegal as Pets in California

  • Ferrets. Ferrets are Mustelids, the biological family that also includes otters, mink, weasels, and polecats.
  • Hedgehogs. It is illegal to keep a hedgehog as a pet in California.
  • Monkeys.
  • Squirrels.
  • Gerbils.

Sugar Gliders are cute animals, and are part of the koala bear family. At only day 30 after birth, these marsupials bond tightly with their owner, and serve as a loyal companion, but are illegal in California under Section 671, Title 14, of the California Code of Regulations (CCR).

Any person who has a pet red fox in California is in violation of State regulations. There are no valid permits for anyone in California to possess a pet red fox.

No Monkeys Allowed

In 2012, 19 states had outright bans on private monkey ownership. They are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming.