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Is a permit needed to keep snakes as pets in your house?

Julian March
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Richard Norton Sr. holds a 6-foot-long Columbian Red Tail Boa named Mira, Tuesday afternoon, July 8, 2014 near Ocala, Fla. Halifax Media photo.

Richard Norton Sr. holds a 6-foot-long Columbian Red Tail Boa named Mira, Tuesday afternoon, July 8, 2014 near Ocala, Fla. Halifax Media photo.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website says a reptile possession permit is required for the “possession, importation, transportation, purchase and sale of 25 or more individuals of any combination of native amphibians or five or more individuals of native reptiles.”

Frogs and toads are amphibians and reptiles include snakes, lizards, turtles and alligators.

For more information, call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at (919) 707-0050 or check out this section of its website:

http://www.ncwildlife.org/Licensing/OtherLicensesPermits/AmphibianandReptilePossessionApplication.aspx#51811493-descriptionbrbr

In addition, Article 55 of the criminal law section (Chapter 14) of the N.C. General Statutes regulates some reptiles.

The law says venomous reptiles, constricting snakes and crocodilians must be kept in escape-proof, sturdy enclosures with an operable lock. For venomous reptiles and constricting snakes, the enclosure must be labeled with the scientific name, common name, number of specimens and the owner’s identifying information.

Read it for yourself here: www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/ByArticle/Chapter_14/Article_55.html

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