Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Pets That Are Illegal in California


One of the best parts about having a pet is choosing which one you want. There are the classic cat and dog options, cute and furry rodents, a colorful assortment of fish and birds, cool reptiles and amphibians, and exotic creatures from around the world. However, for you Californians, these animals are illegal to own as pets, making your job of choosing just a little bit easier:

  • African clawed frog
  • African lion
  • African pygmy mouse
  • African striped grass mouse (zebra mouse)
  • Alligator
  • Arctic fox (blue fox)
  • Cacomistle (cacomixl),a relative of the raccoon
  • Caimin, a relative of the crocodile
  • Chimpanzee
  • Chipmunk
  • Coatimundi(coati or Brazilian aardvark), also a relative of the raccoon
  • Degu (trumpet-tailed rat)
  • Dormouse
  • Egyptian spiny mouse
  • Fennec  fox
  • Ferret
  • Flying squirrel
  • Gambian giant pouched rat
  • Garfish
  • Gerbil
  • Hedgehog
  • Jird, a type of gerbil
  • Monkparakeet  (Quaker parrot)
  • Monkey
  • Prairie dog
  • Raccoon
  • Ring-tailed cat (miner’s cat), a subspecies of the cacomistle
  • Serval, an African wildcat
  • Short-tailed opossum
  • Skunk
  • Snapping turtle
  • Squirrel
  • Sugar glider, a possum that can glide through the air like a flying squirrel
  • White-eye (zosterops), a yellow bird with a white ring around the eye
  • Wolf-dog hybrid

It may be a little disappointing if a critter you wanted is on the list, but don’t underestimate your options. There are still many interesting and unique animals you can own. Don’t overlook the excitement and fulfillment of traditional pets either. There are plenty of lonely animals out there that need a loving home like yours. For more information on a veterinary clinic in San Jose, visit this website.

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