Do You Know Which Common Pets Are Illegal In Your State?

Do You Know Which Common Pets Are Illegal In Your State?

If you live in Hawaii, you may not realize that your pet options are much slimmer than the rest of the country's. It's illegal to own gerbils, hamsters, snakes, geckos, ferrets and hermit crabs in The Aloha State. Some of these animals, like hamsters, gerbils, and ferrets, are illegal to own in California, too. Though these pets may seem harmless, the bans have more to do with the worry for a new invasive species population. If ferrets, for example, were to procreate in California or Hawaii, there would be no natural predator to help control their population, since ferrets are not native to that land. The decision to ban or restrict certain animals is left up to state legislature. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Ferrets are regulated or banned in many U.S. states. (0:47)

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    The African pygmy hedgehog is illegal to posses in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii, and restricted in Maine and Arizona. (1:34)

  • 3

    A chimpanzee is about seven times stronger than an adult male. (2:23)

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