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BANS all felines, coyotes, red and gray foxes, wolves and wolf hybrids, bears, raccoons, nutria, skunks, nonhuman primates, monk parakeets, threatened or endangered species, and game except as otherwise allowed under exotic wildlife permit.  Bobcats, coyotes, and red and gray foxes may be possessed or imported by licensed propagators but not sold or transferred as pets, including any offspring.  Captive born species with nationally recognized circuses and zoological gardens are exempt, but circuses must submit list of acts and dates, public zoological gardens must show they received a government grant, and private zoological gardens must be AZA.  (PA Code Ch. 137.1, 137.2, 137.31)

 

EXOTIC ANIMALS


PERMIT required.  

  • Exotic Wildlife Dealer (sell exotic wildlife)
  • Exotic Wildlife Possession (personal use)
  • Menagerie (exhibiting)


Permits require 2 years hands-on experience at a recognized/approved facility and caging requirements.  Animals may not be exhibited except to clients, and may not be removed from their cages except for Menagerie Permits. For Menagerie Permits, bears, felines and canines must stay in their cages and not have public contact, but others may be removed for stage and arena performances and ruminant animals, capuchins, chimps, and elephants are allowed public contact.

 (58 PA Code Ch. 147, Subch A, M – O; 34 PA Statutes Ch. 29, Subch D)


NATIVE SPECIES

  • Propagation Permit (propagate game birds, game animals and native wildlife for sale) (58 PA Code Ch. 147, Subch K; 34 PA Statutes Ch. 29, Subch B 2930) 


  • Threatened or Endangered Species Permits


  • Falconry Permits (58 PA Code Ch. 147, Subch F; 34 PA Statutes Ch. 21, Subch D 2164)


  • Scientific Collecting Permits


  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit (New applicants after 1/1/2009 BANNED from exotic wildlife dealer, exotic wildlife possession, menagerie, or propagation permit) (58 PA Code Ch. 147, Subch P) 


  • Educational Use of Rehabilitation Wildlife Permit (nonreleaseable animals used for education)  (34 PA Statutes Ch. 29, Subch B 2922, 2924, 2925)


  • Common Snapping Turtle Permit (sell, trade, barter or catch for such purpose)

 

  • Venomous Snake Permits (timber rattlesnakes/Northern copperheads)


BANS wild caught herp for sale, trade or barter except for common snapping turtles. 

Reptile and Amphibian Guidelines 


STATE AGENCY


Native/Exotic Species:

          Game Commission
          2001 Elmerton Ave

       Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
         (717) 782-4250 or 787-5740

Meets: Quarterly 


NEXT MEETINGJul 30-31  


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STATE AGENCY


Snapping turtle/Venomous snake:

      Fish and Boat Commission

      1601 Elmerton Ave

      Harrisburg , PA 17110
      (717) 705-7800    


Meets: Quarterly 


NEXT MEETING: Jul 9-10


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    Harrisburg, PA 17101  


Sessions: 2 Years (odd-even)


Convenes: Jan (1st Tue)


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          Odd Years - No set date
          Even Years - Nov 30


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