14 Exotic Pets and Where They Are Legal to Own

If you’re looking for something a little “out of ordinary” for a pet – you’ve come to the right place!

#1 Capybara

They're semi-aquatic animals, so if you're looking to adopt a Capybara, they'll definitely need access to water in order to swim around. This semi-aquatic rodent is legal to own in Texas and Pennsylvania. 

#2 Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons are legal to own in the United States, and sold in most pet stores.

#3 Serval

Servals aren't typically aggressive, but they can be difficult to own as they are still considered "wild." It's legal to own a Serval in Nevada, Idaho, Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia without a license required. 

#4 Fennec Fox

It is legal to own a Fennec Fox everywhere in the United States except Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, and Washington.

#5 Wallaby

Lots of outdoor space is required to own a wallaby, so they are illegal to own inside many city limits. Check with your state before deciding to look for a Wallaby as a pet - you may need to obtain a license first.

#6 Chimpanzee

Owning a Chimpanzee is illegal in most states throughout the country, but you may be able to obtain a license to own one in a few states like Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, or North Dakota. 

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