nimals are awesome. Exotic animals are even more awesome. This list, compiled by Pet Helpful, is a collection of the coolest, strangest animals that are legal to own in each U.S. state.
But with this list comes several disclaimers! First, the laws surrounding the legality of owning exotic pets change all the time, each state has their own, and they all have caveats upon caveats. If you're actually considering getting an exotic pet, do not rely on this list! Read extensively about the actual laws where you live. Some cities even have their own regulations.
Second of all, if you're going to give an exotic pet a home, remember: It's a wild animal. It's likely not going to have the same cuddle instincts as your golden retriever.
That said, you're allowed to own some wild wild animals in the U.S. They're seriously so cool.
Alabama – Tigers
You know, Alabama. Prime tiger country.
Alaska – Chimpanzees (Until Six Years Ago)
Despite all the horror stories of chimps going ape on their owners, Alaska didn’t have a law banning the ownership of chimpanzees until 2010.
Thank goodness, because chimps never deserved to be dressed in human clothes and paraded around.
If you live in Alaska though, you can still own animals like toucans, bison, elk, and camels. So never fear.
Arizona – Wolfdogs
There are lots of nuances to state laws regarding hybrid animals, but it seems wolfdogs have slipped through the cracks in Arizona.
Arkansas – Coyotes
Coyotes may look like dogs, but they’re not nearly as domesticated. Don’t let their cute little faces fool you.
California – Savannah Cats
California has notoriously strict exotic pet laws.
Probably because people buy wild cats and then put them on leashes and lead them about town. Barefoot.