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A sizable component of this threat is the illegal pet trade. The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has unfortunately seen a steady increase in the illegal trafficking of reptiles, turtles in particular. This trend is not limited to Virginia, but is occurring throughout much of the eastern United States, where the greatest abundance and diversity of turtle species occur in North America.
The primary loophole in Virginia regulations in which poachers had been operating was the 5 individuals per person VACwhich had allowed, for example, a family of four to possess up to 20 box turtles. Poachers would claim some of the turtles belonged to friends or other family members. DWR has now closed this loophole and it is now unlawful. This registry is only for. These conditions apply to all animals regardless of origin wild-caught or captive-bredas well as animals obtained outside of Virginia. Turtle Owners: You will also need to submit a photo of the carapace top of the shell.
We realize that these changes will not resolve the plethora of threats facing reptiles and amphibians, but hope it will provide DWR the necessary tools to address this growing problem and protect Virginia's natural heritage for generations to come. Let's keep wild animals wild, and common species common. Definitions; "wild animal," "native animal," "naturalized animal," "nonnative exotic animal" and "domestic animal. Link to code. Endangered and threatened species; adoption of federal list; additional species enumerated.
Permit required to import, liberate or possess predatory or undesirable animals or birds. Importation requirements, possession and sale of nonnative exotic animals. Ordinance Chapter c The keeping of poisonous animals is prohibited. Any poisonous animal being kept in violation of this section shall be confiscated and destroyed by the animal warden.
Title 5, Chapter 6, Section 33 of the Code of Alexandria places limits on animal ownership; namely, exotic or poisonous animals are prohibited from running at large. Violators are liable for a fee. Ordinance Chapter 18, Article II, Division 1, Section 88 disallows owners of exotic or poisonous animals from letting the animals run at large. The prohibition does not apply to zoological or educational exhibitions, circuses, wildlife rehabilitators, scientific researchers, animals shelters or veterinary clinics which are properly permitted by the Federal Government or the State of Virginia.
Poisonous reptiles that are kept lawfully may not be exhibited or displayed so that others, besides their handler, may come in direct physical contact. Ordinance Chapter 5, Article I, Section requires registration of dangerous animals annually. The section re: No person shall own a dangerous animal in this town unless and until that person first registers the animal with the town manager and obtains a permit therefor from the town manager.
Every person shall annually, each January, re register the dangerous animal with the town manager, and apply for Reptiles for sale in virginia renewal of the permit therefor. The registration shall include the name, address, and telephone of the owner or owners; the kind of Reptiles for sale in virginia animal owned; the location of this animal; the measures utilized to secure Reptiles for sale in virginia animal on the owner's premises; and the measures utilized to maintain the means of restraint and to care for the dangerous animal.
The adequacy or not of these measures shall be determined by the town manager, using these standards: strength, durability, efficacy, and any proven success of such measures. At the time of the initial registration, and at each subsequent January, the owner shall provide to the town manager a certificate of insurance, which shall show that the owner currently maintains liability insurance with respect to the dangerous animal and its ownership. The liability insurance shall be obtained through a firm authorized to conduct insurance business in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to sanction or legitimize the keeping of an animal where this practice contravenes the general law of this state or federal law.
Ordinance Chapter 5, Article I, Section 4No person shall suffer or permit any animal belonging to him or under his control, and known to be dangerous or reasonably suspected of being dangerous, to go at large within the county. If the owner or the person having control, upon notice that such animal is at large, fails to take it into custody forthwith, and its running at large creates a danger to the public or to any person or property, the animal shall be killed forthwith by order of the animal control officer, when deemed necessary for public safety.
Ordinance Chapter 4, Article I, Section 3. A wild or exotic animal means any i live monkey nonhuman primateraccoon, skunk, wolf, squirrel, fox, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx or any other warmblooded mammal, ii poisonous snake, iii tarantula, iv other poisonous animal normally found in the wild, or v any member of the crocodilian family including, but not limited to, alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gavials. Nonpoisonous snakes, ferrets, rabbits, laboratory rats, gerbils, hamsters and other similar small mammals, and other domesticated animals which have been bred in captivity are not wild or exotic animals.
No person shall keep or permit to be kept on his premises any wild or exotic animal as a pet, for display, or for exhibition purposes, whether gratuitously or for a fee. The owner of any exotic or poisonous animal found to be running at large off of the owner's property shall reimburse the county for its actual costs incurred, including without limitation the actual cost of the time expended by the animal warden, deputy animal warden or other county personnel, in locating and capturing or otherwise disposing of the animal.
Nature centers, refuges or parks owned or operated by the federal, state or local government are exempt from this section. Ferrets, birds which are normally purchased through a pet store with the exception of ratitesnonpoisonous apodal reptiles less than eight feet in length, nonpoisonous quadrupedal reptiles less than five feet in length, domestic rabbits and domestic rodents which have been bred in captivity and which have never known the wild shall be excluded from this definition.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or permit to be kept upon his or her premises within the City limits any wild or exotic animal or any poisonous animal as a pet or for exhibition purposes, whether gratuitously or for a fee, without a permit from the Animal Services Unit.
A violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor. In addition to any other penalties, the owner of any wild, exotic or poisonous animal found running at large shall pay to the locality a fee equal to the locality's actual cost in locating and capturing or otherwise disposing of the animal.
Prior to issuing the permit, the owner is subject to an inspection from an animal control officer. Ordinance Chapter 10, Article I, Section 2 It shall be unlawful for any person to keep on his premises any animal known to him individually or by repute to be dangerous or vicious, unless suitable precautions are taken to prevent harm therefrom to children, or to unsuspecting persons who might lawfully be on the premises, or to persons on adjacent public or private property.
Chapter 6, Article V deals with the keeping of wild, exotic or vicious animals. Excerpts below. Definitions Vicious animal means any animal or animals that constitute a physical threat to human beings or other animals, but not including guard dogs.
Wild or exotic animal means any live monkey nonhuman primate ,raccoon, skunk, wolf, squirrel, fox, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx or other warmblooded animal, poisonous snake, constrictor snake in excess of six feet in length, tarantula, crocodile or alligator which can normally be found in the wild state or any other member of crocodilian, including, but not limited to, alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gavials. Ferrets, rabbits and laboratory rats which have been bred in captivity and which have never known the wild and any animalspecifically trained to assist a handicapped person shall be excluded from this definition.
Display No person shall keep or permit to be kept on his premises any wild, exotic or viciousanimal for display or for exhibition purposes, whether gratuitously or for a fee. This section shall not be construed to apply to zoological parks, performing animals, exhibitions, circuses or veterinary clinics which are properly d by the federal government or the commonwealth. In no case, however, shall such wild or exotic animals be exhibited or displayed in such a manner that persons other than their handlers come in direct physical contact with such animals.
No person shall keep or permit to be kept any wild, exotic or vicious animal as a pet. Ordinance Chapter The wild or exotic animals of such d establishments shall not be exhibited or displayed in such a manner that persons other than their handlers can pet, fondle, or otherwise come in direct physical contact with such animals; however this prohibition shall not apply to the riding of elephants by persons other than the elephants' handlers while under the direct supervision of the elephants' handlers where such elephants are performing in zoological parks, animal exhibitions or circuses which are properly d by the Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Virginia and Fairfax County.
Prohibition; exception. No person shall keep or permit to be kept on the premises of such person any live wild or exotic animal. This section shall not be construed to apply to zoological parks, performing animal exhibitions, circuses or veterinary clinics which are properly d by the federal government or Commonwealth of Virginia.
In no case, however, shall such wild or exotic animals be exhibited or displayed in such a manner that persons other than the handler of such animal can pet, fondle or otherwise come in direct physical contact with such animals.
The term "wild or exotic animals" means any animal except: Dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets, and birds which are normally purchased througha pet store; Gold fish and aquarium fish; Nonpoisonous snakes, less than eight feet in length; and Domestic rabbits, mice and rats which have been bred in captivity and which never have known the wild.
Notable excerpts below. No person shall keep or permit to be kept any wild or exotic animal s as a pet or for display or exhibition purposes, whether gratuitously or for a fee, without first registering the animal with the animal warden pursuant to section 4 30 of this article. This section shall not apply to veterinary clinics, itinerant circuses, Reptiles for sale in virginia performing animal exhibitions, or educational programs which are properly d by the federal government or Commonwealth of Virginia.
The animal warden shall develop and implement a registration system for the keeping, care, and protection of wild or exotic animals as defined in section 41 of this chapter. Ordinance Chapter 5, Article I, Section 4. It shall be unlawful for any person to bring into or keep in the city any dangerous animal. This section shall not apply to canines or canine crossbreeds or to animals kept or brought in the city in cages or other confinement in such manner as to not constitute a danger to the public at large as a part of a circus, carnival or zoo that is operated in compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
If the owner of any animal known or reasonably suspected of being dangerous fails to take it into custody after being notified to do so by the animal control officer or any police officer or if the owner of such animal cannot be determined or located within a reasonable time, such animal may be killed by the animal control officer or any police officer, if it is deemed by such officer Reptiles for sale in virginia for the safety of the public.
No person shall suffer or permit any animal belonging to him or under his control, and known to be dangerous or reasonably suspected of being dangerous, to go at large within the county. If the owner or such person having control, upon notice that such animal is at large, fails to take it into custody forthwith, and its running at large creates a danger to the public or to any person or property, the animal shall be killed forthwith by order of the sheriff, when deemed necessary for public safety.
A violation of this section shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor. Ordinance Chapter 3, Article I, Section 8. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, exhibit, or permit to be kept or exhibited upon any property within the county limits, any wild, exotic, venomous, or poisonous animal without a permit from an animal control officer. In no case, however, shall any such wild, exotic, venomous, or poisonous animal s be exhibited, displayed, or kept in such a manner so as to permit said animal s to escape, be at large, or to otherwise come in direct physical contact with any person unless under the direct care and control of the handler.
Registered nonprofit humane societies. Animal control officers or law enforcement officers acting under the authority of this article. Veterinary hospitals or clinics. Any wildlife rehabilitator d by the state. Any wildlife sanctuary. Any d or accredited research or medical institution. Any d or accredited educational institution. Any circus, rodeo or tradeshow. A person temporarily transporting an exotic animal through the county if the transit time is not more than ninetysix 96 hours and the animal is at all times maintained within a confinement sufficient to prevent the exotic animal from escaping.
The owner or custodian of any wild, exotic, venomous, or poisonous animal shall apply to the animal control department within ten 10 working days of obtaining an address within the county or in the case of an exhibition, ten 10 working days prior to the exhibition, for a permit authorizing the keeping of said animal within the county limits. Proof the animal was purchased from a reputable dealer or pet store may constitute sufficient proof. The permit shall not be transferable and shall be valid through December 31 of the year of issue and shall be renewed by January 31 of each subsequent year.
Permits for temporary exhibit shall be valid for the time period specified in the permit. One 1 permit per address will be required within the County of Gloucester. On the permit shall be listed each animal held within the county limits as identified in subsection b. The County of Gloucester's wild, exotic, venomous, or poisonous animal permit shall be required in addition to any required federal or state permits.Reptiles for sale in virginia
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