These 15 Reptiles Are Illegal as Pets in New York State

If you’re the type of person who enjoys keeping snakes or lizards as pets, know that these 15 reptiles are banned as pets and for breeding in New York State.

Breeding or owning any of the reptiles below could result in a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 for subsequent offences,

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person who knowingly breeds a wild animal or knowingly owns, possesses, harbors, sells, barters, transfers, exchanges or imports a wild animal for use as a pet or intentionally releases or freedom any wild animal, authorized by this article to be used as a pet, from the place where the animal is authorized to be possessed or housed in violation of the provisions of this article will be liable to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars for the first offense and not more than one thousand dollars for a second offense and subsequent offences. Each instance of raising, possessing, harboring, selling, bartering, releasing, transferring, trading or importing a wild animal in violation of this section constitutes a separate offence.

All reptiles below are considered “wild animals” by the State of New York and therefore it is illegal to breed or possess as a pet:

1. All poisonous snakes

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2. Burmese pythons

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3. Reticulated Pythons

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4. African Rock Pythons

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5. Green Anacondas and Yellow Anacondas

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picture by David Clode to Unsplash

6. Australian Amethystine Pythons

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7. Indian pythons

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8. Asian Monitors

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9. Nile Monitors

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10. White-throated Monitors

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11. Black Throat Monitors

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12. Alligator Monitors

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13. Komodo Dragons

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14. Crocodiles

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15. Alligator

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