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Crocodilian State Regulations

Crocodilian State Regulations - Laws On Crocodilian Ownership

State Regulations

This will only include state permitation. You will want to check your state and city ordinance for further updates. You will also have to report to your state for any special permits your animal includes such as USDI, ESA and/or any other federal regulated permits.

Crocodilian State Regulations

States

Alabama
(All species) Alligator mississippiensis, American Alligators legally obtained outside of Alabama may only be imported by permit. American Alligators may be possessed, raised, and sold by licensed alligator farming operations. Living alligators at least four feet in length, as well as alligator meat, hides, and parts may be sold. Permits are required to sell, take or possess any crocodilian including nests, parts and eggs. (AL GFR 16 220-2-96) Alabama License and Permit Information - Fees for Alligator Farming licenses are $1000 annually. The complete text of the alligator farming regulation, and information and applications for any required permits or licenses of this section may be obtained from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Alaska
(All species) Any non-venomous reptile may be imported, possessed, sold, and/or traded without permit (AS 16.05.930).

Arizona
(All species) The State regulates the importation and possession of non native amphibian and reptile species. Crocodilians, all species require permits from the Permits Coordinator of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Currently the only authorized personal to obtain these permits are limited to Wildlife parks, rehabilitator personal and educators. (AZGFC R12-4-406) and (AZ GFC R12-4-401)

Arkansas
(All species) American Alligator. It is unlawful to take, attempt to take, or possess alligators or any part thereof (AGFC 18.14). Alligator farmer permit fees are $500.00 annually with additional fees of $4.00 for each alligator tag. Obtained from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The importation, possession, and sale of any non native amphibian and reptile is not restricted.

California
(All species) No permits will be issued or renewed for the operation of an alligator or crocodile farm if the animals are kept for the use and sale of their meat and hides. Species considered to be detrimental to the native wildlife, Agricultural interests, or public health and safety may not be imported, transported, or possessed by anyone who is lacking with special permitation. Permits are only issued to recognized zoos, aquariums or any qualified individuals and institutions for legitimate research or propagational purposes (CA FGC I4-671) (CAC FG 5062) - Permits from the Wildlife Protection Division of the California Department of Fish and Game.

Colorado
(All species) Colorado does not currently restrict the importation, possession, or sale of any non native reptile or amphibian species. An importation permit may be required. Permits at Colorado Division of Wildlife. (CWR HFR 1-VII-007-II)

Connecticut
(All species) Permits are required for all crocodilian species, for any reason including importation, possession and sells.

Delaware
(All species) No person shall bring into this State, possess, sell or exhibit any pure or hybrid amphibian or reptile not native to or generally found in Delaware without first securing a permit under this chapter. The Department of Agriculture may adopt regulations to exempt such animals that do not represent a significant threat to community interests from the provisions of this chapter. (3 Del. C. 1953, § 7201; 57 Del. Laws, c. 553; 69 Del. Laws, c. 84, § 1; 72 Del. Laws, c. 285, § 1.)

Florida
Alligators: Class III
Caimen: Class II (All Alligatoridae family animals except the listed below and American.)
Gavialidae: Class I
Crocodilidae: Class I
M. niger: Class I
Osteolaemus: Class II
Class I wildlife shall not be possessed for personal use.
Persons possessing Class II wildlife as personal use wildlife shall purchase a permit.
Persons possessing Class III wildlife as personal use wildlife shall obtain a no-cost permit from the Executive Director. American alligators shall not be possessed as personal use wildlife and shall be possessed only in accordance with permits issued under rule 68A-9.002, F.A.C., ss. 372.6673 or372.921, Florida Statutes.
*Persons possessing any captive wildlife for purposes of public display or sale shall obtain a permit.

Georgia
(All species) A commercial alligator farming license is required to possess and propagate Alligator mississippiensis. Additional permits are required to import and to sell or transfer live American Alligators (GA AC 27-2-10). All crocodylia are considered to be inherently dangerous to humans and permits are required for any and all reasons pertaining to a crocodilian species.

Hawaii
(All species) Crocodilians may only be imported and possessed by universities, research institutes, zoos, aquariums and so forth. They cannot be commercially traded or be in possession of an individual not belonging to the noted above.

Idaho
(All species) The sale of amphibians and reptiles obtained from outside of Idaho is only allowed if such sale is legally permitted in the state or country of origin. Import permits are needed for any non native wildlife (Crocodilians are Legal)

Illinois
(All species) Illinois considers all crocodilians over six feet to be dangerous and prohibits their sale and possession.

Indiana
(All species) This State has no Restriction on Import, Sales, of non native Reptiles.

Iowa
(All species) This State has no Restriction on Import, Sales, of non native Reptiles.

Kansas
Reptiles may be imported, possessed, sold, offered for sale, or purchased provided it was legally obtained from outside of the State (KAR 115-20-3).

Kentucky
(All species) The possession, propagation, exhibition, sale, or purchase for commercial purposes of any wildlife without a Commercial Pet and Propagation permit is prohibited.
Transportation permits are required to import, transport, or receive shipments of live wildlife. All wildlife must be legally obtained from permitted sources only (301 KAR 2:08.4-1). The fee for a Noncommercial Pet and Propagation permit is $75.00 annually. There is a $25.00 fee for a Transportation permit. License and Permit at: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Louisiana
(All species) Permits are needed for anything pertaining to American alligators, other crocodilians are legal for possession, importation, and sale.

Maine
(All species) Does not allow the importation of any non native species of amphibians and reptiles without a wildlife importation and possession permit.

Maryland
(All species) Does not allow the importation of any non native herps. Crocodilians are cannot be imported, sold, traded or bartered.

Massachusetts
Crocodilians (all species) need a permit. Permits available at Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Division.

Michigan
(All species) The State has no regulations on the importation of Reptiles.

Minnesota
(All species) This State does not currently restrict the importation, possession, or sales of any nonnative reptile species.

Mississippi
(All species) Alligators may only be imported and possessed by universities, research institutes, zoos, aquariums. They cannot be commercially traded or be in possession of an individual not belonging to the noted above. A commercial alligator farming license is required to possess and propagate Alligator mississippiensis for anyone who is not a member of the above stated. All other crocodilians are legal in the state.

Missouri
(All species) Legally obtained nonnative reptiles species may be bought, sold, possessed, transported, and exhibited without permit (WCMO 3CSR10-9.110).

Montana
(All Species) Currently does not have any regulations on Crocodilians.

Nebraska
(All species) As currently interpreted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, do not prohibit the importation, possession and/or sale of any legally obtained amphibian or reptile for exhibition, for exhibition, pet, or captive propagation purposes.

Nevada
(All species) All Crocodylia are 'Prohibited Wildlife' and can only be imported under permitation. Crocodilians may be dealt in any commercial trade unless it's to outside the state.

New Hampshire
(All species) Crocodilians legal.

New Jersey
(All species) Permit is Required for possession, transportation, exportation and sale of non native herps.. Contact New Jersey Wild Life Department. (NJAC 7:25-4.8)

New Mexico
(All species) Does not prohibit the importation of sale of any nonnative species of amphibians and reptiles. However, Import permits are needed.

New York
(All species) A person may obtain a permit to possess wildlife, for propagation, scientific or exhibition purposes; a person may be required to submit written testimonials from two well-known persons and file a bond of $200.00 prior to license approval.

North Carolina
(All species) The possession of Non native Amphibians and reptiles is not restricted.

North Dakota
(All species) State does not regulate any propaganda with non native herps.

Ohio
(All species) Does not prohibit the importation of reptiles and amphibian species.

Oklahoma
(All species)
Alligators: Status is threatened. Oklahoma no longer gives out state permits for keeping American alligators to new keepers, so for they are no longer legal to keep. As for the other crocodilian species, assuming your county/city/residential area/ect. doesn't have a ban on them then you may keep them. If your animal needs Cites/ESA/USFWS import-export/USDI/APHIS or any other federal paperwork, Oklahoma requires that you show the proper documentation's to them. Also, if you buying from out of state you may need to have an import permit, especially if the animal is capable of surviving Oklahoma seasons if it were to escape.

Oregon
(All species) Importation permits and Health certificates are required for any non native herp. Legal.

Pennsylvania
(All species) Does not prohibit the importation of sale of any nonnative species of amphibians and reptiles.

Rhode Island
(All species) Does not prohibit the importation of crocodilians however, regulates the importation, possession, and commercial sales of all herps. Legal.

South Carolina
(All species) Live crocodilians are not legal. American alligators may be taken for harvest by private land owners of more than 100 acres. All crocodilian products must be labeled of the species it was.

South Dakota
(All species) Does not prohibit the importation of sale of any nonnative species of amphibians and reptiles.

Tennessee
(All species) Crocodilians may not be possessed except by licensed commercial propagators, zoos, or other legitimate research or educational facilities (TCA 70-4-403.)

Texas
(All Species) No person may take, attempt to take, or possess an alligator in this state unless the person has acquired and possesses an alligator hunter's license. The department may issue permits for the taking, possession, propagation, transportation, sale, importation, or exportation of American alligators if necessary to properly manage the species. All other crocodilians are legal within the state.

Utah
(All species) Reptiles may not be imported into Utah without a Certificate of Registration. Will be issued to qualified individuals or institutions for legitimate scientific, educational, or public exhibition purposes. (AARU R657-3-31 and 36)

Vermont
(All species) Non native reptile species need import permits. Importation/possession permits and veterinary certificates of health are also required.

Virginia
(All species) Permits are currently required to import or possess non native amphibian and reptile species and subspecies. (VAC 15-30-40) - Contact: Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Washington
(All species) Unclear. As of 2001 they are legal, however up to date I believe them to be illegal. I cannot seem to find anything on it though.

West Virginia
(All species) The State does not currently restrict the importation, possession, and/or sale of any non native amphibian or reptile.

Wisconsin
(All species) The State does not currently restrict the importation, possession, and/or sale of any non native amphibian or reptile.

Wyoming
(All species) Non native reptile species may be imported without restriction. Importation/possession permits and veterinary certificates of health are not required (WY GFCR X.5b-E)

Articles Of Interest

American Alligator Care Sheet

Attribution

Author: Zane Neher