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State list of laws governing the ownership of Venomous Reptiles

This is just a reference for people wanting to obtain a hot snake, be sure to check with your local authority's for the venom laws in your state. Most of these states do require additional permits and licenses to sell or import.

I assume NO liability for any errors on this page. I will do my best to update and keep accurate these listings. If you find any errors on this page please email me so that I can correct them. Also note that laws are constantly changing and being updated so please don't solely rely on the information contained on this page.

Alabama:

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Game and Fish Division

Law Enforcement Section

64 N. Union Street

Montgomery, AL 36130-1456

Alabama government

Nongame Species Regulation

Restrictions on Possession

Alaska:

Native Venomous: Permit is required

Exotic Venomous: Permit is required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

PO Box 25526

Juneau, AK 99802-5526

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska

Arizona:

Native Venomous: No permit is required, however other restrictions apply. Please contact Arizona Game and Fish Department for all the details

Exotic Venomous: Permit is required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Permits Coordinator

2221 W. Greenway Road

Phoenix, AZ 85023

Arizona Game and Fish

Arkansas:

Native Venomous: No permit required if less than six specimens of each species are maintained

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

2 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR 72205

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

California:

Native Venomous: No permit required...possession limit is 2 of each species

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Californian Department of Fish and Game

Wildlife Protection Division

1416 Ninth St.

Sacramento, CA 95814

Californian Department of Fish and Game

Colorado:

Native Venomous: Permit required???

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Colorado Division of Wildlife

6060 Broadway

Denver, CO 80216

Colorado Division of Wildlife

Connecticut:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Wildlife Division

79 Elm Street

Hartford, CT 06102-5127

Connecticut Wildlife Division

Delaware:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Richardson and Robbins Building

89 Kings Highway

Dover, DE 19903

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Title III CHAPTER 72

Florida:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission

620 South Meridian Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

Florida Fish and Wildlife conservasion Commission

Georgia:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Special Permit Unit

2070 U.S. Highway 278 S.E.

Social Circle, GA 30279

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Hawaii:

Native Venomous: None occur naturally

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

1151 Punchbowl Street

Honolulu, HI 96813

HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Important please read

Idaho:

Native Venomous: No permit required if less than 4 specimens of each species

Exotic Venomous: No permit required...however an Import Permit is required to ship animals into the state of Idaho.

Protected Native Venomous: None

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

600 S. Walnut Street, P.O. Box 25

Boise, ID 83707

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Idaho Statutes

Illinois:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Endangered Species Project Manager

524 S. Second St., Lincoln Tower Plaza

Springfield, IL 62701-1787

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Indiana:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Commercial License Clerk

Indiana Government Center South

402 W. Washington Street-Room W273

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2267

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Iowa:

Native Venomous: No permit required for the Timber Rattlesnake ONLY

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Wallace State Office Building

Des Moines, IA 50319-5145

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Kansas:

Native Venomous: No permit required for less than 5 specimens of each species

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Route 2, Box 54A

Pratt, KS 67124-9599

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Kentucky:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

#1 Game Farm Road

Frankfort, KY 40601

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Louisiana:

Native Venomous: A valid Fishing License may be required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

PO Box 98000

Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Maine:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

State Station House 41

284 State Street

Augusta, ME 04333

Maryland:

Native Venomous: No permit required to keep Copperheads if less than 4 specimens

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife Division

Tawes State Office Building

580 Taylor Avenue

Annapolis, MD 21401

Massachusetts:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

100 Cambridge Street

Boston, MA 02202

Michigan:

Native Venomous: No permit required for less than 6 specimens of each species

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Stevens T. Mason Building

Box 30028

Lansing, MI 48909

Minnesota:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Endangered Species Permit Coordinator

500 Lafayette Road

St. Paul, MN 55155-4001

Mississippi:

Native Venomous: A valid Hunting License is required and no more than 4 specimens of each species or a total of 20 specimens are allowed without a Captive Propogation Permit.

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Museum of Natural History

111 N. Jefferson St.

Jackson, MS 39202

Missouri:

Native Venomous: Must be registered with local law enforcement agencies. Class 2 Wildlife Breeders Permit required for Importation, Transportation, Trade, Sale, or Bartering of venomous reptiles.

Exotic Venomous: Same rules as for Native Venomous

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Missouri Department of Conservation

2901 West Truman Boulevard

PO Box 180

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

Montana:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

Law Enforcement Division

1420 E. Sixth Avenue

Helena, MT 59620

Nebraska:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

2200 N. 33rd Street

PO Box 30370

Lincoln, NE 68503-0370

Nevada:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Nevada Department of Wildlife

PO Box 10678, 1100 Valley Road

Reno, NV 89520-0022

New Hampshire:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

2 Hazen Drive

Concord, NH 03301

New Jersey:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy

Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife

CN 400

Trenton, NJ 08625-0400

New Mexico:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Villagra Building

PO Box 25112

Sante Fe, NM 87504

New York:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

New York State Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Special License Unit

50 Wolf Road

Albany, NY 12233

North Carolina:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

North Carolina Wildlife Resources

Archdale Building

513 N. Salisbury Street

Raleigh, NC 27611

North Dakota:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

North Dakota Game and Fish Department

100 North Bismarck Expressway

Bismarck, ND 58501-5095

Ohio:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Division of Wildlife

1840 Belcher Drive

Columbus, OH 43224-1329

Oklahoma:

Native Venomous: A non-commercial wildlife breeders license is required to possess any native species for hobby purposes

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

1801 North Lincoln Boulevard

Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oregon:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: Varies

Protected Native Venomous: None

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

2501 SW First Ave., PO Box 59

Portland, OR 92707

Importation

 

Pennsylvania:

Native Venomous: Rattle Snake Hunter's Permit required for Timber Rattlesnake...possession limit is 1 specimen.

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission

Division of Fisheries Management

Herpetology and Endangered Species Coordinator

450 Robinson Lane

Bellefonte, PA 16823-9685

Rhode Island:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Washington County Government Center

Wakefield, RI 02879

South Carolina:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department

Rembert C. Dennis Building, PO Box 167

Columbia, SC 29202

South Dakota:

Native Venomous: Fishing License required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks

License Office

412 West Missouri

Pierre, SD 57501

Tennessee:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Ellington Agricultural Center

PO Box 40747

Nashville, TN 37204

Texas:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

4200 Smith School Road

Austin, TX 78744

Utah:

Native Venomous: Permit required

Exotic Venomous: Permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Division of Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Registration Office

1596 West North Temple

Salt Lake City, UT 84116

 

Vermont:

Native Venomous: Scientific Collection Permits may be required

Exotic Venomous: Importation Permits may be required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Vermont Fish and Game Department

Law Enforcement Division

103 South Main Street

Waterbury, VT 05676

Virginia:

Native Venomous: No permit required, however, there is a possession limit of 5 of each species

Exotic Venomous: No permit required, except for the Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis)

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

4010 West Broad Street

PO Box 11104

Richmond, VA 23230-1104

Washington:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

600 Capitol Way North

Olympia, WA 98501-1091

West Virginia:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: None

West Virginia Department of Natural Resources

Division of Wildlife

PO Box 67

Elkins, WV 26241-0067

Wisconsin:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

PO Box 7921

Madison, WI 53791-9414

Wyoming:

Native Venomous: No permit required

Exotic Venomous: No permit required

Protected Native Venomous: Permit required

Wyoming Game and Fish Department

5400 Bishop Boulevard

Cheyenne, WY 82006

 

 

 

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