Here is a link to NJ exotic and wild animal regs. You even need a permit for a ferret.
http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/pdf/permregs.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Pretty much all species require a permit unless on the exempted list on the link above.
So called potentially dangerous species require a permit as well but have additional criteria and permits are not given for pet reasons. The reason you want the animal is part of the permit process.
Summary of Law: It is unlawful for persons to possess a potentially dangerous species as a "pet." Potentially dangerous species include the following orders: Primates; Carnivora (nondomestic dogs and cats, bears); Saura (venomous gila monsters); Serpentes (venomous coral snakes, cobras, vipers, pit vipers); Crocodilia (alligators, crocodiles, gavials); Psittaciformes (ring-necked and monk parakeets); and Rodentia (prairie dogs, ground squirrels). Zoos and other exhibitors may possess these animals upon showing that specific criteria have been met, such as extensive experience in handling and caring for the animal.
Citation: N.J. ADMIN. CODE tit. 7, §25-4.8 and §25-4.9
For a list of state regulations. Always contact your state department to verify legality! We do not make claims to this list being accurate though we strive for it to be. Changes in laws happen more frequently than we can keep up with and your regulators may interpret the law differently than we did.
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