Summary of Law: A person may not possess live zoological animals that are classified as prohibited. Prohibited animals include, but are not limited to, the following families: Ursidae (bears), Canidae (all species), Felidae (all species except non-domesticated cats), Mustelidae (all species), Non-human primates, and certain species of reptiles, etc. However, in rare circumstances a person may possess these animals as a “pet” if the person obtains a certificate of registration from the Wildlife Board. Generally, exhibitors and educational and scientific facilities only obtain these registrations. A certificate of registration is not required for non-controlled species which alligators and crocodiles fall under.
Note: The animals listed within the above regulations are not a complete list of the animals regulated by the state of Utah. The listed animals are merely a sampling. For more information, please contact your district office.
B = Ban on private ownership of exotic animals — non-domesticated felines, wolves, bears, reptiles, non-human primates
B* = Partial ban on private ownership of exotic animals — allows ownership of some exotic animals but precludes ownership of the animals listed
L = Requires the “owner” of the exotic animal to obtain a license or permit or to register the animal with state or local authorities to privately possess the animal (excludes states only requiring import permits)
N = The state does not require the “owner” to obtain a license or permit to possess the animal within the state, but may regulate some aspect thereof (i.e. entry permit, veterinary certificate, etc.)
The Utah reptile law resources below may require you to do some searching on their site. Some of the reptile laws are general or grouped with other animals, like fish, game or mammals. If the following links don’t bring you directly to an informational page, I suggest searching for the term “Reptile” to see if they have a more comprehensive page or PDF.
- Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
- Rule R657-53. Amphibian and Reptile Collection, Importation, Transportation and Possession.
- Utah State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals
- Non-venomous Snakes in Utah
- Utah Milk Snake Information
- Utah Animal Control & Wildlife Removal
If your links brings you to this site, be sure to search for “Reptiles” in the top right corner. The main page may not display the info.