The list of animals that require permits to be possessed or imported into Rhode Island is long and includes mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes. Each of these classes of animals has its own list of animals requiring a permit.
Mammals includes animals such as bats, primates, nutrias, non-domestic canidae, ursidae, mongooses, civets, aardwolf, hyenas, non-domestic cats, elephants, wild horses, asses, zebras, tapirs, rhinos, suidae, peccaries, hippos, mouse deer, deer, elk, okapi, giraffe and pronghorn antilope. Also included in the mammals that require permits are bongos, kudus, nyalas,sitatungas, bushbuck, elands, nilgai, bluebucks, 4 horned antelope, chousinghas, asian water buffalos, anoas, african buffalos, bantengs, gaurs, seladang, koupreys, yaks and American as well as European bison. duikers, waterbuck, kob and onotragus, lechwes, adenotas, pukus, reedbuck, phebok, roan and sable antelopes, oryx an gemsbok, addaxes, sassabies, hartebeasts, wildebeasts and gnus are also included in this list. Klipspringers, oribis, steenboks, grysboks, dwarf antelopes, dikdiks, beiras, black bucks, impalas, dibatangs, gerenuks, gazelles, springbucks, central asian gazelles, chiru, tibetan antelopes, saigas, goraks, serows, mountain goats, chamois, takins, musk oxen, tahrs, Capra goats, bharal, blue sheep, aoudad, barbary sheep and brush tailed possums finish out the lists of mammals that require a permit in Rhode Island.
Birds that require a permit are padda oryzivora, sturnus roseus, penguins, cassowaries, non-native grebes, storm petrels, frigatebirds, shoebill, New World Vultures, hawks, eagles, old world vultures, falcons, osprey, secretary birds, hoatzin, hummingbirds, trogons and Quaker Parakeet.
Reptiles that require a permit are beaded lizards, gila monsters, old world chamaelonidae, reticulated python, African twig snake, boomslang, boigine vipers, mole vipers, cobras, coral snakes, mambas, sea snakes, vipers and pit vipers.
Fishes requireing a permit are mosquito fish, grass carp, Eastern mudminnow and electric eels.
Citation: R.I. GEN. LAWS §4-18-3; 1994 R.I. PUB. LAWS 12 020 030
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