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Utah State Laws Governing Private Possession of Exotic Animals

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UTAH ADMIN. R. 657-3-17 - Personal Use.

A person may collect and subsequently possess live or dead zoological animals or their parts for a personal use only as follows:

(1) Certificates of registration are not issued for the collection and subsequent possession of any species or subspecies of zoological animals or their parts classified as prohibited.

(2) A certificate of registration is required for collecting and subsequently possessing any species or subspecies of zoological animals or their parts classified as controlled, except as otherwise provided by the Wildlife Board.

(3) A certificate of registration is not required for collecting and subsequently possessing species or subspecies of zoological animals or their parts classified as noncontrolled, except as provided in Subsections R657-3-20(3)(b), R657-3-25(3)(b), and R657-3-31(3)(b).


UTAH ADMIN. R. 657-3-24 - Classification of Mammals.

(1) Mammals are classified as follows for collection:

TABLE 4

Common Name Family Genus/Species Classification
Abert's Squirrel Sciuridae Sciurus aberti Prohibited
Bats All families All species Prohibited
Bears Ursidae
Black bear Ursus americanus Prohibited
Grizzly bear Ursus arctos Prohibited
Big game mammals
Bighorn sheep Bovidae All species Prohibited
Bison (wild, free-ranging) Bovidae Bison bison Prohibited
Elk (wild) Cervidae Cervus elaphus canadensis Prohibited
Mule deer Cervidae Odocoileus hemionus Prohibited
Moose Cervidae Alces alces Prohibited
Pronghorn antelope Antilocapridae Antilocapra americana Prohibited
Rocky Mountain Goat Bovidae Oreamnos americanus Prohibited
Canids Canidae All species Prohibited
Cats Felidae All species except felis catus which is domestic Prohibited
Chipmunks Sciuridae Tamias/all species Noncontrolled
Ground squirrel Sciuridae
Golden-mantled Spermophilus lateralis Noncontrolled
Townsend Spermophilus townsendii Noncontrolled
Uinta Spermophilus armatus Noncontrolled
Whitetail antelope Spermophilus leucurus Noncontrolled
Hares and Rabbits Leporidae
Cottontail Sylvilagus/ all species Prohibited
Snowshoe Lepus americanus Prohibited
Kangaroo mice Heteromyidae Microdipodos Megacephalus Noncontrolled
Kangaroo rats Heteromyidae
Merriam kangaroo rat Dipodomys merriami Prohibited
Desert kangaroo rat Dipodomys deserti Prohibited
Mustelids Mustelidae All species (badger, black-footed ferret, marten, mink, river otter, skunk, weasel, and wolverine) Prohibited
Northern pocket gopher Geomyidae Thomomys bottae Noncontrolled
Rats Muridae All species Noncontrolled
Ringtail Bassari-Scidae Bassariscus astutus Prohibited
Utah prairie dog Sciuridae Cynomys parvidens Prohibited

(2) All species and subspecies of mammals not listed in Table 4 are classified as controlled.


UTAH ADMIN. R. 657-3-25 - Classification of Reptiles

(1) Reptiles are classified as follows for collection:

TABLE 5

Common Name Family Genus/Species Classification
Lizards
Banded gila monster Helodermatidae Heloderma suspectum cinctum Prohibited
Desert night lizard Xantusiidae Xantusia vigilis vigilis Controlled
Desert iguana Iguanidae Dipsosaurus dorsalis dorsalis Prohibited
Mojave zebra tailed lizard Phrynosomatidae Callisaurus draconoides rhodostictus Controlled
Glen Canyon chuckwalla Iguanidae Sauromalus obesus multiforaminatus Prohibited
Utah banded gecko Gekkonidae Coleonyx variegatus utahensis Controlled
Utah night lizard Xantusiidae Xantusia vigilis utahensis Controlled
Western chuckwalla Iguanidae Sauromalus obesus obesus Prohibited
Snakes
California kingsnake (black-and- white banded form) Colubridae Lampropeltis getula californiae Controlled
Desert glossy snake Colubridae Arizona elegans eburnata Prohibited
Great Plains rat snake Colubridae Elaphe guttata emoryi Controlled
Mojave Desert sidewinder Viperidae Crotalus cerastes cerastes Prohibited
Mojave patch-nosed snake Colubridae Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis Controlled
Mojave rattlesnake Viperidae Crotalus scutulatus Prohibited
Sonoran lyre snake Colubridae Trimorphodon biscutatus lambda Prohibited
Speckled rattlesnake Viperidae Crotalus mitchellii Prohibited
Utah (western) blind snake Leptotyphlopidae Leptotyphlops humilis utahensis Controlled
Utah milk snake Colubridae Lampropeltis triangulum taylori Prohibited
Utah mountain kingsnake Colubridae Lampropeltis pyromelana infralabialis Prohibited
Western rattlesnake Viperidae Crotalus viridis including all subspecies Controlled
Turtles
Desert tortoise Testudinidae Gopherus agassizii Prohibited

(2) All species and subspecies of reptiles not listed in Table 5 are classified as noncontrolled.

(3)(a) Up to three reptiles of each species classified as noncontrolled may be collected and subsequently possessed without obtaining a certificate of registration. (b) A person must obtain a certificate of registration to collect and subsequently possess four or more reptiles of each species classified as noncontrolled within a calendar year, except as provided in Subsection (4).

(4) A person may collect and subsequently possess any number of the following species of zoological animals without obtaining a certificate of registration: (a) Side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana); and (b) Western terrestrial garter snake (Thamnophis elegans).

(5) A person may not transport a live snapping turtle or Texas spiny softshell turtle from the water from which it was captured without first obtaining a certificate of registration.


UTAH ADMIN. R. 657-3-27 - Personal, Scientific, or Educational Use.

A person may import and subsequently possess live species or subspecies of zoological animals for a personal, scientific, or educational use only as follows:

(1)(a) Certificates of registration are not issued for importing and subsequently possessing any live species or subspecies of zoological animals classified as prohibited, except as provided in Subsection (b).

(b) The division may issue a certificate of registration to a zoo, aviary, government agency, a person involved in wildlife research, university, or college to import and subsequently possess live species or subspecies of zoological animals classified as prohibited if, in the opinion of the division, the scientific or educational activity is beneficial to wildlife or significantly benefits the general public without material detriment to wildlife.

(2) A certificate of registration, an entry permit number, and a certificate of veterinary inspection are required for importing and subsequently possessing any live species or subspecies of zoological animals classified as controlled.

(3) A certificate of registration is not required for importing and subsequently possessing any live species or subspecies of zoological animals classified as noncontrolled.

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