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Nevada State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals

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NEV. ADMIN. CODE ch. 503, §110 - Restrictions on importation, transportation and possession of certain species.

1. Except as otherwise provided in this section and NAC 504.486, the importation, transportation or possession of the following species of live wildlife or hybrids thereof, including viable embryos or gametes, is prohibited:

(a) Fish:

Common Name Scientific Classification
(1) Lampreys All species in the family Petromyzontidae
(2) Freshwater stingray All species in the family Potamotrygonidae
(3) Freshwater shark All species in the genus Carcharhinus
(4) Bowfin Amia calva
(5) Gars All species in the family Lepisosteidae
(6) Herring and shad, except threadfin shad All species in the family Clupeidae, except Dorosoma petenense
(7) European Whitefish All species in the genus Leuciscus
(8) Mexican banded tetra Astyanax mexicanus
(9) Piranhas All species in the genera Serrasalmus, Serrasalmo, Pygocentrus, Teddyella, Rooseveltiella and Pygopristis
(10) South American Parasitic Catfish All species in the family Cetoposidae and Trichomycteridae
(11) White perch Morone americana
(12) Freshwater drum Aplodinotus grunniens
(13) Grass carp, except certified triploids as authorized by a special permit Ctenopharyngodon idella
(14) Pike top minnow Belonesox belizanus
(15) Snakehead All species in the genera Ophicephalus and Channa
(16) Walking catfish All species in the genera Clarias, Heteropneustes and Dinotopterus
(17) Tiger fish Hoplias malabaricus
(18) Sticklebacks All species in the genera Apeltes, Eucalia, Gasterosteus and Pungitius
(19) Tilapia All species in the genera Tilapia and Sarotherodon
(20) Nile perch All species in the genera Lates and Luciolates
(21) Goldeye All species in the genus Hiodon
(22) Carp:
(I) Bighead Hypophthalmichthys nobilis
(II) Black (snail) Mylopharyngodon pisceus
(III) Crucian Carassius carassiuss
(IV) Indian Catla catla, Cirrhina mrigala and Labeo rohita
(V) Silver Hypophthalmichthys molitrix
(23) Rudd Scardinius erythrophthalmus

(b) Reptiles:

Common Name Scientific Classification
(1) Alligators and caimans All species in the family Alligatoridae
(2) Crocodiles All species in the family Crocodylidae
(3) Gharial (gavial) All species in the family Gavialidae
(4) Bird snake All species in the genus Thelotornis
(5) Boomslang Dispholidus typus
(6) Keelbacks All species in the genus Rhabdophis
(7) Burrowing Asps All species in the family Atractaspidae
(8) Coral snakes, cobras, kraits, mambas and Australian elapids All species in the family Elapidae, except species in the subfamily Hydrophiinae
(9) Pit vipers and true vipers, except species indigenous to Nevada All species in the family Viperidae, except species indigenous to Nevada
(10) Snapping Turtles All species in the family Chelydridae

(c) Amphibians:

Common Name Scientific Classification
(1) Clawed frogs All species in the genus Xenopus
(2) Giant or marine toads Bufo horribilis, Bufo marinus and Bufo paracnemis

(d) Mammals:

Common Name Scientific Classification
(1) Wild Dogs or Dhole Cuon alpinus
(2) Raccoon Dog Nyctereutes procyonoides
(3) Mongooses and Meerkats All species in the genera Atilax, Cynictis, Helogale, Mungos, Suricate,Ichneumia and Herpestes
(4) Wild European Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus
(5) Multimammate Rat or Mouse All species in the genus Mastomys (=Praomys)
(6) Bats All species in the order Chiroptera
(7) Nutria Myocastor coypus
(8) Coyote Canis latrans
(9) Foxes All species in the genera Vulpes, Fennecus, Urocyon, Alopex, Lycalopex and Pseudalopex
(10) Raccoon Procyon lotor
(11) Skunk All species in the genera Spilogale, Mephitis and Conepatus
(12) Wild pigs and hogs All species in the family Suidae, except domestic breeds of Sus scrofa
(13) Axis deer Cervus (=Axis) axis, C. porcinus, C. kuhli and C. calamianesis
(14) Red deer, elk and wapiti All subspecies of Cervus elaphus, except those members of C. Elaphus nelsoni which are alternative livestock, as that term is defined in NRS 501.003
(15) Rusa deer Cervus timorensis
(16) Sambar deer Cervus unicolor
(17) Sika deer Cervus nippon
(18) Roe deer Capreolus capreolus and C. pygarus
(19) White-tailed deer Odocoilus virginianus
(20) Moose Alces alces
(21) Reedbucks All species in the genus Redunca
(22) Oryx and Gemsbok All species in the genus Oryx
(23) Addax Addax nasomaculatus
(24) Blesbok, Topi and Bontebok All species in the genus Damaliscus
(25) Hartebeests All species in the genera Alcelaphus and Sigmoceros
(26) Wildebeest and Gnus All species in the genus Connochaetes
(27) Chamois Rubicapra rubicapra and R. pyrenaica
(28) Tahr All species in the genus Hemitragus
(29) Ibex, Wild Goats, Tur and Markhor All species in the genus Capra, except domestic goats, Capra hircus
(30) Barbary (Aoudad) Sheep Ammotragus lervia
(31) Mouflon sheep, Urial, Bighorn and Argali All species in the genus Ovis, except domestic sheep, Ovis aries

(e) Birds:

Common Name Scientific Classification
(1) Pink Starling or Rosy Pastor Sturnus roseus
(2) Red-billed Dioch Quelea quelea
(3) Red-whiskered Bul-bul Pycnonotus jososus

(f) Crustaceans:

Common Name Scientific Classification
(1) Asiatic mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis
(2) Crayfish All species in the families Parastacidae, ambaridae and Astacidae, except Procambarus clarkii, Orconectes causii and indigenous species of the genus Pacifastacus

(g) Mollusks:

Common Name Scientific Classification
(1) African giant snail Achatina fulica
(2) Zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha

2. The office in Reno and each regional office of the division will maintain a physical description and picture of each species listed in this section when reasonably available.

3. The division may issue a permit or license for the importation, transportation or possession of a species listed in this section only to:

(a) A zoo or aquarium which is an accredited institutional member of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.

(b) A person who displays, exhibits or uses the species for entertainment or commercial photography, such as motion pictures, still photography or television, if the species:

(1) Is accompanied by evidence of lawful possession;

(2) Is not in this state for more than 90 days; and

(3) Is maintained under complete control and prohibited from coming into contact with members of the general public. If the person is displaying, exhibiting or using mammals for commercial purposes other than for food or fiber, he must possess the appropriate license issued by the United States Department of Agriculture.

(c) A college, university or governmental agency, for scientific or public health research.

(d) Any other scientific institution, as determined by the division, for research or medical necessity.

(e) Any person engaged in commercial aquaculture, upon application and proof to the division that the activity will not be detrimental to aquatic life, other wildlife or recreational uses. As a condition of the issuance to such a person of a license for the possession of a species listed in this section, a bond may be required to provide for the removal of any species to which the licenses applies that may escape or be released from captivity for any reason. The amount of the bond will be determined by the division after considering the degree of potential hazard to wildlife.

(f) A tax-exempt nonprofit organization that exhibits wildlife solely for educational or scientific purposes.

4. An interstate shipment of a species listed in this section may be transported through this state, without a permit or license issued by the division, if:

(a) The shipper or transporter has evidence of lawful possession of the species issued by the state or country where the species originated;

(b) Mammals, birds or fish are accompanied by a health certificate issued by the state or country where the species originated that indicates the destination, origin and proof of ownership of the species being transported;

(c) The species is in this state for less than 48 hours; and

(d) The species is not unloaded or otherwise released while being transported through this state.

5. This section does not apply to the division when it is conducting authorized introductions or transplantations of a native species of big game animal listed in this section.


NEV. ADMIN. CODE ch. 503, §140 - Species for which certain permits and licenses are not required: Specification; release; sale; exceptions.

1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4 and NAC 503.500 to 503.535, inclusive, the following animals may be possessed, transported, imported and exported without a permit or license issued by the division:

(a) Canaries;

(b) Toucans;

(c) Lovebirds;

(d) Nonindigenous house finches;

(e) Parakeets;

(f) Cockatiels;

(g) Mynah birds;

(h) Parrots;

(i) Hamsters;

(j) Domesticated races of rats and mice;

(k) Gerbils;

(l) Guinea pigs;

(m) Monkeys and other primates;

(n) Aquarium fish;

(o) Marsupials;

(p) Elephants;

(q) All felines, except mountain lions and bobcats;

(r) Wolves;

(s) Camels (Camelus spp.);

(t) European ferret (Mustela putorius);

(u) Llamas (Lama glama);

(v) American Bison;

(w) Marine mammals;

(x) Ostrich (Struthio spp.);

(y) Emus (Dromiceius spp.);

(z) Rheas (Rhea spp.);

(aa) Nonvenomous, nonindigenous reptile species and subspecies;

(bb) Albino forms of indigenous reptile species;

(cc) Alpaca (Lama pacos);

(dd) Guinea fowl (Numida meleagris);

(ee) Old World species of pheasants, partridges, quails, francolin, peafowl and jungle fowl (nonendemic species of the subfamily Phasianae), except:

(1) Chukar partridge;

(2) Hungarian (gray) partridge;

(3) Snow cock; and

(4) Ring-necked and white, winged pheasant;

(ff) Domesticated races of turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), distinguished morphologically from wild birds;

(gg) Domesticated races of ducks and geese (Anatidae), distinguished morphologically from wild birds;

(hh) Domesticated races of chinchillas;

(ii) Domesticated races of mink;

(jj) Waterfowl reared in captivity that are lawfully acquired pursuant to the regulations adopted by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service;

(kk) Those species of ducks, geese and swans not listed as protected pursuant to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. §§ 703 et seq.;

(ll) Yak (Bos grunniens);

(mm) Cassowary;

(nn) Coturnix quail (Coturnix coturnix);

(oo) Zebra (Equus spp.);

(pp) Salt water fish, crustaceans and mollusks;

(qq) Nonindigenous species of amphibians, except:

(1) Bullfrogs (Rana catesbeiana); and

(2) Species listed in NAC 503.110;

(rr) African pygmy hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris); and

(ss) California kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getulus californiae) that do not have between their head and vent a continuous pattern of bands or rings regardless of whether the bands or rings are opened or closed.

2. Species listed in this section must not be released into the wild, except as otherwise authorized by the division in writing.

3. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, lawfully acquired species listed in this section may be sold in Nevada.

4. This section does not authorize the sale, possession, transportation, importation or exportation of animals in violation of any applicable federal or state law, county or city ordinance, or any regulation adopted pursuant thereto.

5. As used in this section, "aquarium fish" includes all the species of fish, except the species listed in NAC 503.110, which are listed in H. Axelrod and W. Vorderwinkler, Encyclopedia of Tropical Fishes, 29th ed., 1988. A copy of that publication may be obtained from T.F.H. Publications, Inc., One T.F.H. Plaza, Neptune City, New Jersey 07753, for a price of $17.59.


NEV. ADMIN. CODE ch. 504, §488 - Possession of live animals under authority of permit or license held on February 28, 1994.

A person who, on February 28, 1994, holds any permit or license issued by the division that authorizes the possession of a live animal may, except as otherwise provided in the particular permit or license, continue to possess that animal and its progeny for the life of that animal and its progeny. The animal and its progeny:

1. Must not, if the animal is of a species listed in NAC 503.110, be released, sold, bartered, given away or traded within this state.

2. Must not, if the animal is not of a species listed in NAC 503.110, be:

(a) Released in this state without the prior written authorization of the division; or

(b) Sold, bartered, given away or traded within this state except:

(1) Pursuant to the conditions set forth in the permit or license under which the animal and its progeny are held; and

(2) To a person who holds a commercial or noncommercial license for the same species.

3. May be exported out of this state pursuant to applicable federal and state laws and any regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

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