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Indiana Exotic Animal Regulations

Indiana Exotic Animal Regulations - The Blue Racer is native to Indiana

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

Indiana Code 14-22-26

Indiana’s Reptile & Amphibian Regulations
IC 14-22-26


Chapter 26. Wild Animal Permit

IC 14-22-26-1

Applicability of chapter
Sec. 1. This chapter does not apply to licensed commercial animal dealers, zoological parks, circuses, or carnivals.
As added by P.L.1-1995, SEC.15.

IC 14-22-26-2
“Zoological park” defined
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, “zoological park” means:
(1) a permanent establishment that is a member of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums; or
(2) an agency of local government, open to and administered for the public, to provide education, conservation, and preservation of the earth’s fauna.
As added by P.L.1-1995, SEC.15.

IC 14-22-26-3

Rules regarding permits
Sec. 3. The director may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to require and issue the following:
(1) A permit to possess a wild animal protected by statute or rule.
(2) A permit to possess a wild animal that may be harmful or dangerous to plants or animals. A separate permit is required for each wild animal described in this subdivision.
As added by P.L.1-1995, SEC.15.

IC 14-22-26-4

Form; issuance; expiration; fee
Sec. 4. A permit issued under this chapter:
(1) must be in the form prescribed by the director;
(2) may not be issued unless the director is satisfied that the permit should be issued;
(3) has an expiration date fixed by the director; and
(4) has a fee of ten dollars ($10).
As added by P.L.1-1995, SEC.15.

IC 14-22-26-5

Suspension of permit; seizure and holding of animals; adjudicative proceedings; costs
Sec. 5. (a) If an emergency exists, the director may summarily suspend a permit issued under this chapter. The director may summarily seize and hold an animal for which a permit is required under this chapter, pending the outcome of the proceedings under this section, if either of the following conditions exist:
(1) A permit has not been issued to possess the animal.
(2) A permit has been issued to possess the animal, but the
director believes that an emergency exists because at least one (1) of the following conditions exists:
(A) The animal is in a position to harm another animal.
(B) The life or health of the animal is in peril.
(b) After suspending a permit or seizing and holding an animal under subsection (a), the department shall proceed as quickly as feasible to provide the opportunity for completed adjudicative proceedings under IC 4-21.5. The proceedings may result in the revocation, temporary suspension, or modification of the permit. Provision may be made for a final disposition with respect to the wild animal, including confiscation of the animal. IC 4-21.5 provides the exclusive remedy available to a person aggrieved by a determination of the department under this section.
(c) The director may contract with experts in the handling of animals for which a permit is required under this chapter to assist the director in seizing and holding an animal under this section. A person who seizes and holds an animal under a contract with the director is not subject to legal action arising from the seizure or holding to the same extent as if the person was an employee of the department.
(d) The owner of an animal seized under this section is liable for the costs of seizing and holding the animal and of the proceedings under this section, including a trial, if any. As added by P.L.1-1995, SEC.15.

IC 14-22-26-6

Rules regarding safety and health
Sec. 6. Rules adopted under this chapter must provide for the following:
(1) The safety of the public.
(2) The health of the animals. As added by P.L.1-1995, SEC.15.


Current Regs
Current amphibian and reptile laws

Take of reptiles or amphibians
Indiana residents over the age of 17 may not collect amphibians or reptiles from the wild in Indiana unless they have a valid hunting or fishing license, unless otherwise exempted by law. For all collectors, there is a possession limit of four on all nongame species except endangered species and eastern box turtles. Collection of endangered species and eastern box turtles is prohibited.

Box turtles and their subspecies, demonstrated to have been acquired before 2005 (pre-law) or legally obtained outside of Indiana may be possessed under a special permit. Permit applications for pre-law box turtles must be recieved by January 1, 2005.

The common snapping turtle, smooth softshell turtle, spiny softshell turtle, bullfrog and green frog are regulated as game animals with specified methods of take, bag limits and seasons. These three species of turtles can be taken at anytime. The bullfrog and green frog can be taken any time EXCEPT between April 30 and June 15. The daily bag limit for game frogs or turtles is 25; the possession limit is 50.

A person must not take a reptile or amphibian from a DNR property unless the person is issued a scientific purposes license under 312 IAC 9-10-6. Game turtles and frogs regulated with bag limits are exempt from this clause under 312 IAC 9-5-2 and 312 IAC 9-5-3. Additional information is available in the through the Indiana Hunting and Fishing Guide.

To prevent the spread of disease and other problems, a captive reptile may not be released into the wild without a special permit except under the following conditions: the reptile has been held in captivity no longer than 30 days; it has not been housed (caged) with other animals; and the release is at the original site of capture. All three of these conditions must be met, otherwise a permit is required from the Division of Fish and Wildlife to release the reptile (312 IAC 9-5-6)

The purchase or sale of Indiana’s native reptiles and amphibians is prohibited.*

The sale of turtles with a carapace less than 4 inches long (regardless of species or origin) is prohibited, except for valid scientific or educational purposes as defined in 312 IAC 9-5-7.
Exemptions are made for certain educational institutions, zoological parks, fish suppliers and holders of a reptile captive breeder’s license. (This license is valid for 8 species of snakes only.)

Bullfrog and green frog tadpoles may be sold by holders of a fish haulers and suppliers license or aquaculture permit if the tadpoles are a by-product of raising fish and if the tadpoles have a tail at least 1 inch long. The young of eight species of native snakes (defined by a species-specific length prescribed in the regulations) may be sold by holders of a reptile captive breeder’s license. In addition, albinistic, leucistic and xanthic specimens of Indiana’s native species may be sold.

A wild animal possession permit and special confinement parameters are required for individuals owning crocodilians five feet or more in length or a venomous reptile obtained lawfully. The purchase or sale of these species is prohibited in Indiana.

*Unless otherwise specified, these regulations apply to eggs, larva, meat, shells and other parts.

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