Iowa Exotic Animal Regulations
The following is an excerpt of Iowa’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 Iowa with any further questions you might have. We are unable to provide any legal advice regarding Iowa’s laws (or the laws of any other state). Below the regulations we have included the contact information for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources 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
For full details of Iowa’s Dangerous animal regulations please refer to Iowa Code 717F – Dangerous Wild Animals
5. a. “Dangerous wild animal" means any of the following:
(1) A member of the family canidae of the order carnivora, including but not limited to wolves, coyotes, and jackals. However, a dangerous wild animal does not include a domestic dog.
(2) A member of the family hyaenidae of the order of carnivora, including but not limited to hyenas.
(3) A member of the family felidae of the order carnivora, including but not limited to lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, cheetahs, ocelots, and servals. However, a dangerous wild animal does not include a domestic cat.
(4) A member of the family ursidae of the order carnivora, including bears and pandas.
(5) A member of the family rhinocero tidae order perissodactyla, which is a rhinoceros.
(6) A member of the order proboscidea, which are any species of elephant.
(7) A member of the order of primates other than humans, and including the following families: callitrichiadae, cebidae, cercopithecidae, cheirogaleidae, daubentoniidae, galagonidae, hominidae, hylobatidae, indridae, lemuridae, loridae, megaladapidae, or tarsiidae. A member includes but is not limited to marmosets, tamarins, monkeys, lemurs, galagos, bushbabies, great apes, gibbons, lesser apes, indris, sifakas, and tarsiers.
(8) A member of the order crocodilia, including but not limited to alligators, caimans, crocodiles, and gharials.
(9) A member of the family varanidae of the order squamata, which are limited to water monitors and crocodile monitors.
(10) A member of the order squamata which is any of the following:
(a) A member of the family varanidae, which are limited to water monitors and crocodile monitors.
(b) A member of the family atractaspidae, including but not limited to mole vipers and burrowing asps.
(c) A member of the family helodermatidae, including but not limited to beaded lizards and gila monsters.
(d) A member of the family elapidae, voperidae, crotalidae, atractaspidae, or hydrophidae which are venomous, including but not limited to cobras, mambas, coral snakes, kraits, adders, vipers, rattlesnakes, copperheads, pit vipers, keelbacks, cottonmouths, and sea snakes.
(e) A member of the superfamily henophidia, which are limited to reticulated pythons, anacondas, and African rock pythons.
(11) Swine which is a member of the species sus scrofa linnaeus, including but not limited to swine commonly known as Russian boar or European boar of either sex.
b. "Dangerous wild animal" includes an animal which is the offspring of an animal provided in paragraph "a", and another animal provided in that paragraph or any other animal. It also includes animals which are the offspring of each subsequent generation. However, a dangerous wild animal does not include the offspring of a domestic dog and a wolf, or the offspring from each subsequent generation in which at least one parent is a domestic dog.
717F.3 Dangerous wild animals – prohibitions.
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a person shall not do any of the following:
1. Own or possess a dangerous wild animal.
2. Cause or allow a dangerous wild animal owned by a person or in the person’s possession to breed.
3. Transport a dangerous wild animal into this state.
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