Colorado Exotic Animal Regulations
The following is an excerpt of Colorado’s exotic animal regulations. This is not the complete regulation and should not be considered as such. The purpose of providing you, the reader, with this information is to encourage you to contact state authorities in Colorado with any further questions you might have. We are unable to provide any legal advice regarding Colorado’s laws (or the laws of any other state). Below the regulations we have included the contact information for the Colorado Division of Wildlife who we believe is the agency best suited to assist regarding these regulations. Please note also that the information provided is in good faith and is accurate to the best of our knowledge however we DO NOT guarantee or make claims about the accuracy of the information.
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CHAPTER 11 – WILDLIFE PARKS AND UNREGULATED WILDLIFE
2 CCR 406-11
INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER 11 [Eff. 05/01/2008]
In this introduction to chapter 11 we outline possession requirements for live wildlife as found in Colorado wildlife law. There is growing interest in the private possession of live wildlife. At the same time there is considerable confusion over the laws regarding such private possession. Colorado wildlife law generally prohibits the importation, live possession, sale, barter, trade,or purchase of any species of wildlife native to Colorado (33-6-113(1), C.R.S.). In addition, these same laws restrict or prohibit the importation and possession of exotic (non-native) wildlife (33-6-109(4), C.R.S.); and noncommercial (pet) possession of regulated mammals has been prohibited by these regulations since 1983.
Live possession of Wildlife is permitted only under the exceptions noted below and as further detailed in Wildlife Commission regulations and Colorado statutes, See C.R.S. 33-1-106, 33-6-109, 33-6-113, 33-6-114, 18-9-202. The Wildlife Commission also maintains a "prohibited species" list in Chapter 0. The possession of these species is severely restricted.
The Wildlife Commission establishes these regulations in an effort to balance its mandate to protect native species of wild-life in Colorado from the impacts which could be caused by the introduction of exotic (non-native) species with the public interest and demand for the private possession of live wildlife.
Reptiles and Amphibians – Chapter 10 of Wildlife Commission regulations provide that any person can possess up to four total from a list of sixteen common native herptile species for personal use. These animals may not be sold, traded, or bartered and there are restrictions on release back into the wild.
B. Unregulated Wildlife
Prior to adoption of this regulation (#1103(B)), possession of the listed species was expressly prohibited by Section 33-6-109(4), C.R.S. The decision of the Wildlife Commission to authorize this possession as herein provided is based on the scientific evidence available to it at the time of adoption of the regulation. The Wildlife Commission retains the statutory authority and duty to amend these regulations and to impose requirements, restrictions, and/or prohibition on possession of any of the listed species if and when further evidence comes to the Wildlife Commission’s attention which makes such amendments appropriate. [Eff. 03/04/2007]
Except for the provisions of section #007 regarding importation, #008 regarding the prohibited species list, #009 regarding release of live wildlife, and section #1114 regarding the addition of species to the unregulated wildlife list, the wildlife enumerated in this list are otherwise exempted from the requirements of Wildlife Commission regulations. [Eff. 03/04/2007]
Unregulated wildlife may be imported, sold, bartered, traded, transferred, possessed, propagated and transported in Colorado provided that all importation, disease
requirements and any other state, local or federal requirements are met. Statutory restrictions still apply. [Eff. 03/04/2007]
Reptiles and Amphibians:[Eff. 03/04/2007]
All non-native tropical and subtropical species of snakes in the families:
Bolidae (giant snakes)
Colubridae (modern snakes), except venomous species
Acrochordidae (file and elephant trunk snakes)
Xenopeltidae (sunbeam snakes)
Aniliidae (pipe snakes)
Uropeltidae (shield-tailed snakes)
Colorado Division of Wildlife 6060 Broadway Denver, Colorado, 80216 (303)297-1192