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Missouri Exotic Animal Regulations

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

Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 578 Miscellaneous Offenses Section 578.023

Keeper of dangerous wild animals must register animals, exceptions–penalty.

578.023. 1. No person may keep any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, Canada lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, hyena, wolf, bear, nonhuman primate, coyote, any deadly, dangerous, or poisonous reptile, or any deadly or dangerous reptile over eight feet long, in any place other than a properly maintained zoological park, circus, scientific, or educational institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, or animal refuge, unless such person has registered such animals with the local law enforcement agency in the county in which the animal is kept.

2. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.


Central Regional Office
1907 Hillcrest Dr.
Columbia, MO, 65201
Phone: (573) 882-8388
Fax: (573) 882-9807
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