Animals That You Can’t Have as Pets

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Believe it or not, some animals aren’t meant to be pets. Granted, it’s completely obvious which creatures this applies to (we’re looking at you, dolphins) — but some undetected animals make you question if they can actually be pets. If you’re not sure, here are some top-contenders that you may have seen as pets — but are illegal to own in many states.

Sugar Gliders

Remember the days of walking into your local mall and seeing small, flying rodents for sale as pets? Those little animals are known as Sugar Gliders and are illegal to have as a pet in the following states: Utah, California, Hawaii, and Alaska, to name a few.

The reason being is this: some states believe these animals don’t have enough room to fly to their full potential, while some other states think that Sugar Gliders are a threat to ecosystems. Regardless of the reasoning, it’s important to check your local state laws before inquiring about a Sugar Glider.


One of the most sought-after pets, for years, is a monkey. Whether it’s an ape or a white-headed capuchin, they’re at the top of everyone’s list. Sure, it might be “cute” to own a primate — but many belong in the wild and need the proper care, by a permitted professional, if domesticated.

Of course, monkeys are banned in almost every single state — but the few states that don’t have a law in place will require those with primates to have a permit.


Indeed, these little creatures are allowed in some areas of New York — but aren’t permitted in New York City. The reason being is that since these animals are nocturnal, they shouldn’t be suitable to be had as a pet. Of course, other states such as Georgia, California, and Maine, to name a few, also ban hedgehogs as pets.

Just like Sugar Gliders, potential hedgehog owners must check their state laws and regulations, to see if they, in fact, can own one of these little critters legally in the privacy of their own home. Additionally, some states will require a permit fo have a hedgehog — therefore it’s always important to check ahead of time!

While these are only a few of the illegal pets to have in your home, it’s always important to check your state laws before you try and obtain ownership — because it wouldn’t be fair to the animal, especially if they’re not supposed to be domesticated in the first place.

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