Have you ever wondered to yourself "I wonder if I can legally own a squirrel as a pet in Texas"? Or maybe some other exotic animal like a tiger, or a sloth? Well I have some answers for you!

What Exotic Animals Can You Own as Pets in Texas?

In the great state of Texas, sometimes basic pets like cats and dogs, or maybe a parrot can get pretty boring to some! Call it the "Tiger King" effect where suddenly everyone wants to own a tiger, or at least some sort of exotic animal.

Waldemer Brandt via Unsplash
Waldemer Brandt via Unsplash

Tigers, although majestic, are not native to Texas- however, you can still legally own a tiger. There is a process, and it is required for you to get a permit but you can totally own a tiger in Texas.

Here are other exotic animals you can legally own as pets in Texas!

Exotic Pets You Can Legally Own in Texas

Adorable and legal! Here are just a few of the exotic animals that you can legally own in Texas!

Other animals you can legally own as pets in Texas include:

  • Kinkajou
  • Callitrichids
  • Spotted Genet
  • Finger Monkeys
  • and Hedgehogs!
Sierra Nicole via Instagram
Sierra Nicole via Instagram

I would totally love to own a hedgehog!

Much like any pet, these exotic pets are a big responsibility- they require lots of time and attention!

Alternatively, there are a few animals that are either completely prohibited from owning as a pet, or require some sort of permit like:

  • Chimpanzees
  • Cheetahs
  • Jackals
  • Cougars
  • Lynx
  • Baboons
  • Gorillas
  • Jaguars
  • Coyotes
  • Bobcats
  • Hybrids
  • Orangutans
  • Leopards
  • Lions
  • Bears
  • Ocelots

Also, if you're looking to own an alligator as a pet, you'll need a permit, and make sure that it isn't stolen from a zoo!

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You can find out more about what animals you can pet, and what they might require here.

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