South San Francisco, CA October 25, 2021 by Allie Clevenger, ESC
Unusual pets are more commonplace in these times as owners prefer to think outside of the box and explore different types of animals. If this appeals to you, here are a few ideas on the variety of pets you are able to own legally in your state.
Did you know these pets are legal to own in California?
- Pot Belly Pigs
- Pygmy Goats
- Miniature horses
- Ball Python (these type are non-venomous)
- Lizards (non-venomous)
- Llamas and Alpacas
While the above may sound enticing, California has strict laws on which animals are NOT to be kept as pets. These include:
- Gerbils (although hamsters, mice, rats and Guinea pigs are allowed)
- Prairie Dogs
- Any Wolf hybrid
Did you know that even so much as feeding a wild animal in California is illegal,
and could include a fine of up to $1,000!
Reasons for the ban of owning some of these animals are due to the fear of destruction of California’s natural habitats. Concerns are that animals such as gerbils, who escape or are let go with form feral colonies that interfere with the animals native to California. Some rules are simply because the animals are not to be domesticated and are not safe to keep as pets, as they pose a threat to humans.
Extra Extra: Have you heard these weird facts about animals?
- Dogs are somewhat resistant to the venom of a black widow spider, however, horses and cats are very sensitive to it.
- Rats can laugh
- Cats do not have sweat glands
- Garter snakes can birth up to 85 babies (yikes!)
- Iguanas can hold their breath up to 30 minutes