Montana Code Annotated 87-5-705
Montana Code Annotated 87-5-706 lists the exotic animals that are considered to be noncontrolled and can be possessed and sold within the State of Montana with out a permit from the Montana Department of Game, Fish & Parks.
mynahs, toucans, siskins, finches, cardinals, weaveres, mesias, wydahs, tanagers, zosterops, parrots, lories, cockatoos. Fish included in this list of uncontrolled exotic animals are those that are used in office and residential aquariums such as goldfish and koi. The snakes included in this list are boas, Round Island Boas, dwarf boas, pythons, modern snakes, file snakes, elephant trunk snakes, sunbeam snakes, pipe snakes, shield-tailed snakes and blind snakes. Lizards included in this list are chisel-teeth lizards, worm lizards, limbless lizards, glass and a lligator lizards, legless lizards, chameleons, girdle-tailed lizards, casquehead lizards, collared and leopard lizards, blind lizards, eyelid geckos, Africa snake skinks, geckos, bearded lizards, gila monsters, iguanas, wall lizards, earless monitors, earless lizards, spiny lizards, horned lizards, anoles, snake lizards, skinks, whiptail, neotropical grounnd lizards, monitor lizards, night lizards and knob-scaled lizards. Turtles on this noncontrolled exotic animal list are ones that have a shell length of at least 4 inches, including NewGuinea softshell turtles, snake-necked turtles, snapping turtles, Central American river turtle, pond turtle, mud turtles, musk turtles, hidden-necked turtles, big-headed turtles, tortoises and soft-shelled turtles. Frogs and toads are also included on this list, including harlequin frogs, true toads, glass frogs, poison dart frogs, tree frogs, rain frogs, narrow-mouthed toads, spadefoot toads, old world spadefoot toads, true frogs- but not bullfrogs, old world tree frogs and Mexican burrowing frogs. Limbless amphibians on this list are caecilians, fish caecilians, beaked caecilians, tropical caecilians and Indian caecilians. Salamanders on the list are mole salamanders, amphiumas, hellbenders, giant salamanders, Asian salamanders, woodland salamanders, waterdogs, newts and sirens.
Montana Code Annotated 87-5-709 states the exemptions and exceptions to the Montana exotic animal laws.
87-5-709. Exceptions and exemptions to possession and sale of exotic wildlife. (1) Sections 87-5-705 through 87-5-708 and this section do not apply to:
(a) institutions that have established that their proposed facilities are adequate to provide secure confinement of wildlife, including:
(i) an accredited zoological garden chartered by the state as a nonprofit corporation;
(ii) a roadside menagerie permitted under 87-4-803 that was established for the purpose of exhibition or attracting trade;
(iii) a research facility for testing and science that employs individuals licensed under 37-34-301 or that submits evidence to the department that it meets animal testing standards as provided by the national institutes of health, the national science foundation, the centers for disease control and prevention, the United States department of agriculture, or another similar nationally recognized and approved testing standard; or
(b) domestic animals.
(2) Authorization for possession must be provided by the department for exotic wildlife possessed as of January 1, 2004, and the authorization may include any conditions and restrictions necessary to minimize risks.