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Restricted Snake Possession Permit

Restricted Snake Possession Permit

Restricted Snake Possession Permit

This permit is for owners that do not intend to breed, sell, or trade snakes.

Permit application fees: $150

Liability insurance or surety bond requirements (for venomous snakes only)

  • $100,000 (1-5 restricted snakes)
  • $250,000 (6-15 restricted snakes)
  • $500,000 (16 or more restricted snakes)
  • Note:Financial responsibility requirement only applies to species of the following families: Atractaspididae; Elapidae; Viperidae. Boomslang snakes; Twig snakes


Additional requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must comply with the requirements regarding the care and housing of those snakes that are established in standards adopted by the Zoological Association of America
  • Must sign an affidavit attesting that members of the public will not be permitted to be in physical contact with any restricted snakes possessed
  • Has not been convicted of or plead guilty to a felony drug abuse offense, an offense of violence that is a felony, a violation of animal cruelty statutes, or of failing to report the escape of a non-indigenous animal (background check required)
  • For vipers and venomous snakes, must be able to demonstrate at least two years of experience in the care of the species of snake(s) that are possessed or pass a written examination
  • Must establish and submit a plan of action to be undertaken if a restricted snake escapes
  • Must provide a written statement from a veterinarian stating that the veterinarian is willing to provide veterinary care to the snake(s) when needed