Dangerous wild animals: BANS except for AZA, ZAA, research, circus, vet, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries sanctuary, grandfathered educational institution with single mascot (requires animal to live at AZA or ZAA facility, $1,000,000 liability insurance and no public contact), service spider monkeys, rehabilitators, state endangered/threatened species licensees, and those traveling through the state less than 48 hours.  Current owners were grandfathered if they met the strict and expensive requirements.

The state also issues Rescue Facility Permits which must be obtained by 1/1/2014 for current ones or before 60 days of starting one. (Ohio Revised Code Ch. 935, Effective 9/5/2012; Revised 6/30/2013 and 7/18/2013)

Dangerous Wild Animals:

  • Hyena
  • Pure grey wolf
  • Lion
  • Tiger
  • Jaguar
  • Leopard, clouded leopard, Sundra clouded leopard, snow leopard
  • Cheetah, lynx, cougar, caracal, serval, and domestic hybrids except savannah
  • Bear
  • Elephant
  • Rhino
  • Hippo
  • Cape buffalo
  • African wild dog
  • Komodo dragon
  • Alligator
  • Crocodile
  • Caiman except dwarf
  • Gharial
  • Nonhuman primates except lemurs and C20 species:
    • Golden lion, black-faced lion, golden-rumped lion, cotton-top, emperor, saddlebacked, black-mantled, and Geoffroy's tamarins;
    • Southern and northern night monkeys;
    • Dusky titi and masked titi monkeys;
    • Muriquis;
    • Goeldi's monkeys;
    • White-faced, black-bearded, white-nose bearded, and monk sakis;
    • Bald and black uakaris;
    • Black-handed, white-bellied, brown-headed, and black spider monkeys;
    • Common woolly monkeys;
    • Red, black, and mantled howler monkeys

REGISTRATION is required for lemurs, marmosets, squirrel monkeys and capuchins.

 PERMIT is required for restricted snakes by January 1, 2014 for current owners or within 120 days of acquiring one.  Must comply with all
permit requirements.  They may NOT be sold at auction or have their teeth removed.  Venomous species require liability insurance or surety bond and access to anti-venom.

Restricted Snakes:

  • Following constrictors 12’ or more: yellow anaconda, green anaconda, reticulated python, Indian python, Burmese python, North and South African rock python, Amethystine
  • Following families: Atractaspididae, Elapidae, Viperidae
  • Boomslang
  • Twig snake


Native reptiles and amphibians except endangered ones require a Propagation Permit whether imported, wild caught or captive born.  Bullfrogs, green frogs, snapping turtles, and spiny softshell turtles have specific rules.  Native snakes and turtles must be PIT tagged before sale.  (OAC 1501:31-25-04)

Game birds, game quadrupeds, reptiles, amphibians, or fur-bearing animals listed in Section 1531.01 require a
Commercial (sell) or Noncommercial (private use) Propagating Permits except governmental zoos. (ORC 1531.01 and 1531.02, 1533.71) 



Endangered and threatened species require a letter of permission. (OAC 1501:31-23)


 BANS import, possession or sale of walking catfish, diploid white amur or diploid grass carp, silver carp - white bream, black amur - black carp, bighead carp , ruffe, round goby, tubenose goby, snakeheads, white perch, three spine stickleback, sea lamprey, eastern banded killifish or hybrids except for research, zoos, public aquariums, and displays with written authorization

BANS import for sale of white amur except with written authorization. 

BANS importation or possession of raccoons from outside the state except for pets with a certificate of veterinary inspection and proof of legal ownership. 

BANS import, possession or sale of raccoon dogs, marron, yabby, zebra mussel, quagga mussel, or rudd. 

(OAC 1501:31-19-01)


  • Education Collecting Permits - See Guidefor Using Educational Animals
  • Scientific Collecting Permits (OAC 1501:31-25-01; ORC 1533.08 and 1533.09)
  • Rehabilitation Permits (divided into Category I and Category II)  (OAC 1501:31-25-03)

Special rules for exhibitions of animals (OAC 901:1-18)


 Non-domestic animals must have an entry permit and a certificate of veterinary inspection within 30 days of importation. (OAC 901:1-17-01, 901:1-17-02, 901:1-17-12)


Import, DWA, Restricted Snakes:

Department of Agriculture

      Division of Animal Industry
      8995 East Main Street

 Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3399    
      (614) 728-6220  



Proposed Rules


DWA/Restricted Snake Permits



Ohio Revised Code                         Ohio Administrative Code 



Ohio Legislature

                   77 S. High St
                   Columbus, OH 43215

Sessions: 2 Years (odd-even)

Convenes: Jan (1st Mon - Tues if 1st)

Adjourns: Determined by legislators 

                     - Usually Dec

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Native Species:

Department of Natural Resources

Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Road, Building G

Columbus OH 43229-6693 
(614) 265-6300

Board: Wildlife Council

Meets: Monthly  


Proposed Rules


Native Permits