The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife maintains a list of the species that hobbyists in Maine are allowed to keep without a permit. Hobbyists should consult the list before purchasing any reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, or other creature. For a list of Maine's unrestricted species, please click below:
For any species not on the unrestricted list, ownership is restricted to individuals possessing the relevant permit or permits through the State. For more information on how to obtain a permit, visit Ownership of any species not on the unrestricted list can result in criminal prosecution. A careful review of the list and permit process is strongly advised.