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Delaware Exotic Animal Regulations

Delaware Exotic Animal Regulations - The Queen Snake requires a permit in Delaware

The following is an excerpt of Delaware’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 Delaware with any further questions you might have. We are unable to provide any legal advice regarding Delaware’s laws (or the laws of any other state). Below the regulations we have included the contact information for the Delaware Division of Fish and 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.

Related Code and Regulation

Delaware Code – Title 3 Sec. 72

7201. Possession; permit required.

No person shall bring into this State, possess, sell or exhibit any live wild mammal or hybrid of a wild mammal or live 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 mammals and reptiles that do not represent a significant threat to community interests from the provisions of this chapter. Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter to the contrary, except for medical or psychological research or for display in any licensed zoological park or traveling circus, no person shall bring into this State, possess, sell or exhibit any poisonous snake not native to or generally found in Delaware where the venom of such snake poses a risk of serious injury or death to a human, and no permit for the same shall be issued by the Department of Agriculture. (3 Del. C. 1953, 7201; 57 Del. Laws, c. 553; 69 Del. Laws, c. 84, 1; 72 Del. Laws, c. 285, &sec; 1.)

7202. Permit; rules and regulations; exemptions.

The Department of Agriculture shall enforce this chapter and may issue a permit where the possession or exhibition of a live wild mammal or hybrid of a wild mammal or live reptile will be in the public interest, and may promulgate rules and regulations for the proper enforcement of this chapter. The Department may designate agencies authorized to conduct animal cruelty enforcement and/or dog control enforcement to enforce the provisions of this chapter. The Department shall receive a fee of $25 for each and every permit issued. Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to prevent the use of any live wild mammal or hybrid of a wild mammal or live reptile in medical or psychological research or for display in any municipal zoological park or traveling circus after issuance of a permit. (3 Del. C. 1953, 7202; 57 Del. Laws, c. 553; 67 Del. Laws, c. 260, 1; 67 Del. Laws, c. 277, 1; 69 Del. Laws, c. 84, 1.)

7203. Penalties.

Whoever violates this chapter shall for each offense be fined not more than $500, imprisoned not more than 30 days, or both. Justices of the peace shall have jurisdiction over offenses under this chapter. (3 Del. C. 1953, 7203; 57 Del. Laws, c. 553.)

Additional Information
A Non-game Wildlife Biologist for the state of Delaware had this to say when we requested more information about their native reptile population –

In an effort to safeguard wild-living populations, Delaware wildlife regulations restrict ownership of most native species. See attached list for which species require permits. (Note: See list below for snakes that require a permit) Please note that, although single individuals of some species may be collected, removing any reptiles or amphibians from the wild in Delaware is discouraged.

    Restricted Ownership – Permit required

  • Northern Scarletsnake Cemophora coccinea copei
  • Eastern Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula getula
  • Eastern Milksnake Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum
  • Red-bellied Watersnake Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster
  • Northern Rough Greensnake Opheodrys aestivus aestivus
  • Red Cornsnake Pantherophis guttatus STATE ENDANGERED
  • Queen Snake Regina septemvittata
  • Northern Brownsnake Storeria dekayi dekayi
  • Northern Red-bellied Snake Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata
  • Common Ribbonsnake Thamnophis sauritus sauritus
  • Eastern Gartersnake* Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
  • Eastern Smooth Earthsnake Virginia valeriae valeriae
  • Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix
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