Pets that are surprisingly legal to own in Louisiana.

When people think of getting a pet, dogs, cats, birds or fish are probably the first animals that come to mind.

However, the range of possibilities when it comes to the animals you can actually keep as pets in Louisiana is quite staggering.

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Pets You Can Legally Own in Louisiana

People enjoy having pets for a variety of reasons, and the benefits of pet ownership can be both physical and emotional.

Pets provide companionship and emotional support. They are often seen as loyal friends who offer unconditional love and affection.

Communicating with pets has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. The presence of pets can have a calming effect on their owners.

The presence of a pet has been linked to improved emotional well-being and a sense of purpose. Pet owners often report feeling happier and less lonely.

However, for those who march to the beat of their own drum, dogs and cats may not be what they think of as pets.

In Louisiana, there are definitely some pet options that you may not even realize are legal in Louisiana.

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But the gang is over. has compiled a list of pets that are actually legal in Louisiana, but we’re going to hit a few highlights.


“Have you ever wondered what pets you can keep in Louisiana? Local ordinances often prohibit keeping wild or exotic animals as pets, including alligators, tigers, and bears. However, , some surprising pets are legal in Louisiana.

You can. Check local municipal laws. To see what the regulations are in your particular area.”

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the fantastic animals you can legally own in Louisiana.

Again, pet ownership laws vary from city to city, parish to parish so please check local laws.


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A wolf is basically a hybrid between a domestic dog and a gray wolf. They can have a range of wolf-like traits and behaviors, depending on how much wolf ancestry they have. Some may look and act like traditional dogs, while others may display wild traits.

It is important to know that taking care of a wolf dog can be quite difficult.

Venomous or constrictor snakes

Louisiana Pit Viper

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“With a permit, if you live in Louisiana you can have venomous and constrictor snakes longer than eight feet as pets. You have to get a permit from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, otherwise you Violation may be found.”

Some of the venomous and constrictor snakes you can keep as a pet depend on where you live in Louisiana –

Burmese python
Reticulated python
Pit Vipers
Sea snake

Wet monsters

Wet Monster Louisiana

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Gila Monsters are legal to own as pets in Louisiana if you have a permit.

Gila monsters are venomous, so it is strongly recommended that only people with experience with reptiles own them.


Chinchilla Louisiana

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Is it a rabbit? Is it a squirrel?

Neither, but kind of.

Chinchillas are not considered wild or exotic, so it is legal to own them in Louisiana.

Surprisingly, chinchillas can live up to 20 years.


Hedgehogs Louisiana

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Like chinchillas, hedgehogs are not considered wild or exotic animals, so they are legal to own in Louisiana.


Janet Louisiana

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“Most large carnivores are banned in Louisiana, but their list does not include the family Viverridae, making it legal to possess jannets if you live in the state.

Genets may be allowed because they are small mammals, although they are opportunistic eaters.”

Bengal cats

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Bengal cats are illegal in many states, but are legal in Louisiana depending on where you live, so be sure to check your local pet laws if you’re thinking about getting one.


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