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Kentucky Exotic Animal Regulations

Kentucky Exotic Animal Regulations - The Eastern Ribbon Snake

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

301 KAR 2:082. Transportation and holding of exotic wildlife

Section 1. Definition. "Exotic wildlife" means terrestrial wildlife species which have never naturally existed in the wild in Kentucky including starling (Sturnus vulgaris), English or house sparrow (Passer domesticus), and Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto).

Section 2. Prohibited Species. (1) Except as specified in subsection (3) of this section, a person shall not import or transport through Kentucky or possess in Kentucky the following:

(2) Prohibited inherently-dangerous wildlife. Except as specified in subsections (3) and (5) of this section, a person shall not import or or possess in Kentucky the following:

(a) Adders or vipers (Family Viperidae and Crotalidae) (except native species);

(g) Cobras mambas or coral snakes (Family Elapidae);

(s) Sea snakes (Family Hydrophidae);

(u) Venomous rear-fanged species (Family Colubridae) except hognose snakes (Genus Heterodon)


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