Moving to Hawaii – Prohibited Animals and Pets that are Illegal to Own

So, you’re thinking of buying an exotic animal, or you are moving to Hawaii and want to bring your ferrets…which pets are legal?

Don’t let your loved ones get locked up…know the law!

Hawaii’s exotic animals laws and quarantine regulations are designed to protect and preserve our native plant and animal life. For a comprehensive list of restricted species and conditionally approved ones, visit this link to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. (They regulate all non-domesticated animals.)

The following are some of the more commonly owned non-domestic animals that are prohibited:

  • alligators
  • dragon lizards
  • ferrets
  • gerbils
  • geckos
  • hamsters
  • monk parakeets
  • piranhas
  • snakes
  • snapping turtles
  • toucans

For dogs and cats, refer to my earlier post about Hawaii’s Animal Quarantine and Rabies Laws. Cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and horses are the other domesticated animals that are common to Hawaii, and they have varying degrees of identification and permitting required for importation. (Refer to this link.)

Feel free to post your experiences with controlled animals here for discussion…Mahalo!

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3 Responses to “Moving to Hawaii – Prohibited Animals and Pets that are Illegal to Own”

  1. Beth Robinson R(B)
    January 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Thanks for the informative information, Ron. By the way, I have information for anyone interested in shipping their horses to Hawaii!

  2. Jonna Bether
    May 1, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Are sloths legal there?

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