Summary of Law: It is unlawful for a person to possess an exotic animal. Exotic animal is defined as any wild cat, non-human primate, canine not indigenous to Oregon, bear (except black bear), and any alligator, crocodile, or caiman. A person who possesses an exotic animal on the effective date of the law may continue to keep the animal and has 90 days to obtain a permit for the animal with the Department of Agriculture.
Citation: OR. REV. STAT. §609.305-§609.335
Note: The animals listed within the above regulations are not a complete list of the animals regulated by the state of Oregon. The listed animals are merely a sampling. For more information, please contact your district office.
B = Ban on private ownership of exotic animals — non-domesticated felines, wolves, bears, reptiles, non-human primates
B* = Partial ban on private ownership of exotic animals — allows ownership of some exotic animals but precludes ownership of the animals listed
L = Requires the “owner” of the exotic animal to obtain a license or permit or to register the animal with state or local authorities to privately possess the animal (excludes states only requiring import permits)
N = The state does not require the “owner” to obtain a license or permit to possess the animal within the state, but may regulate some aspect thereof (i.e. entry permit, veterinary certificate, etc.)
The Oregon reptile law resources below may require you to do some searching on their site. Some of the reptile laws are general or grouped with other animals, like fish, game or mammals. If the following links don’t bring you directly to an informational page, I suggest searching for the term “Reptile” to see if they have a more comprehensive page or PDF.
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Main Site
- Oregon Administrative Rules for the “Importation Possession Confinement Transportation and Sale of Nonnative Wildlife”
- Multnomah County Prohibitions
- Snake River Zone – Oregon
- Reptiles and Amphibians of Oregon’s Deschutes
If your links brings you to this site, be sure to search for “Reptiles” in the top right corner. The main page may not display the info.