Local Laws

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 http://www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/captivity.html.  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.

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Maine Herpetological Society

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Millinocket, ME, USA 04462

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