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Maryland Exotic Animal Regulations

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

Annotated Code of Maryland Sect: 10-621. Import, offer, or transfer of dangerous animal

(a) Scope of section.-

(1) This section does not apply to:

(i) a research facility or federal research facility licensed under the federal Animal Welfare Act;

(ii) an exhibitor licensed under the federal Animal Welfare Act that displays the animals specified in subsection (b) of this section in a public setting as the exhibitor’s primary function;

(iii) a person who possesses a valid license or permit issued by the Department of Natural Resources to import, sell, trade, barter, possess, breed, or exchange an animal specified in subsection (b) of this section;

(iv) an animal sanctuary that:
1. is a nonprofit organization qualified under  501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
2. operates a place of refuge for abused, neglected, impounded, abandoned, orphaned, or displaced wildlife;
3. does not conduct commercial activity with respect to any animal of which the organization is an owner; and
4. does not buy, sell, trade, lease, or breed any animal except as an integral part of the species survival plan of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association;

(v) an animal control officer under the jurisdiction of the State or a local governing authority, a law enforcement officer acting under the authority of this subtitle, or a private contractor of a county or municipal corporation that is responsible for animal control operations;

(vi) a person who holds a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the State and treats the animal specified in subsection (b) of this section in accordance with customary and normal veterinary practices; and

(vii) a person who is not a resident of the State and is in the State for 10 days or less for the purpose of traveling between locations outside of the State.

(2) (i) This section does not prohibit a person who had lawful possession of an animal specified in subsection (b) of this section on or before May 31, 2006, from continuing to possess that animal if the person provides written notification to the local animal control authority on or before August 1, 2006.

(ii) The notification shall include:
1. the person’s name, address, and telephone number;
2. the number and type of animals being kept; and
3. a photograph of the animal or a description of a tattoo or microchip identification of the animal.

(3) This section does not prohibit a person who has a disability that severely limits mobility from possessing an animal specified in subsection (b) of this section if that animal is:

(i) trained to perform tasks for the owner by an organization described in section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; and

(ii) dedicated to improving the quality of life of a person who has a disability that severely limits mobility.

(b) Prohibited.- A person may not import into the State, offer for sale, trade, barter, possess, breed, or exchange a live:
(1) fox, skunk, raccoon, or bear;
(2) caiman, alligator, or crocodile;
(3) member of the cat family other than the domestic cat;
(4) hybrid of a member of the cat family and a domestic cat if the hybrid weighs over 30 pounds;
(5) member of the dog family other than the domestic dog;
(6) hybrid of a member of the dog family and a domestic dog;
(7) nonhuman primate, including a lemur, monkey, chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan, marmoset, loris, or tamarin; or
(8) poisonous snake in the family groups of Hydrophidae, Elapidae, Viperidae, or Crotolidae.

Contact

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building
E-1 580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
P:(410)260-8540 (outside Maryland)
P:(877)620-8DNR, Ext. 8540 (in Maryland)
F: 410-260-8596
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