15 reptiles illegal to keep as pets in New York

As we prepare for some major reptile shows taking place across the state, be aware that these 15 reptiles are illegal for pets and breeding in New York State. If caught breeding or owning any of the reptiles listed below, you will be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for all subsequent offenses.

Without prejudice to any other applicable law, any person who knowingly breeds or knowingly possesses, possesses, harbors, sells, trades, transfers, barters, or imports any wild animal for use as a pet, or intentionally releases or releases any wild animal that permitted by this Section for use as a pet, from the place where the animal may be possessed or housed in violation of the provisions of this Section, is subject to a penalty of not more than five hundred dollars for the first offense and not more than one thousand dollars for a second and subsequent offenses. Each instance of breeding, possessing, harboring, selling, bartering, releasing, transferring, bartering or importing a wild animal in violation of this section constitutes a separate offense.

Here are some of the top reptile shows in New York for 2022

Sunday 1 May 2022
Mid-Hudson Reptile Expo
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Mid-Hudson Civic Center
14 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

Sunday 22 May 2022
Capital District Reptile Expo – Spring 2022
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Capital center of Albany
Adlerstrasse 55
Albany, NY 12207

Saturday 9 July 2022
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
ROC Dome Arena
2695 E Henrietta Rd
Henrietta, New York 14467

Sunday 16 October 2022
Long Island Reptile Expo
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Suffolk Community College
485 Wicks Rd
Brentwood, NY 11717

date open
New York Metro Reptile Expo
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Westchester County Center
198 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

These 15 reptiles are considered “wild animals” by New York State, making them illegal to breed or own as pets:

These 15 reptiles are illegal to keep as pets in New York State

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