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Exotic and Nongame Species Requiring a Permit for Possession

The following information is in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:25-4.3.

(a) Exotic species and nongame species requiring a permit for possession include, but are not limited to the following:


Red-fronted Parrot - Amazona viridigenalis
Turquoise-fronted Parrot - Amazona aestiva
Yellow-cheeked Parrot - Amazona a. autumnalis
Half-moon Conure - Aratinga canicularis eburnirostrum
Jenday Conure - Aratinga jandaya
Sun Conure - Aratinga solstitialis
Nanday Conure - Nandayus nenday
African/Timneh Gray Parrot - Psittacus erithacus
Macaws - Ara spp. & Anodorhynchus spp. (Except endangered forms)


Ferret - Mustela pertorius furo
Kinkajou - Potos flavus
European Hedgehog - Erinaceus europeaus
Dwarf Hamster - Phodopus spp.
Chinchilla - Chinchilla spp.
Sugar Glider - Petaurus breviceps
Exotic Sheep - Ovis aries
Exotic Goats - except Capra hircus
Pythons - Family Pythonidae
Rat Snakes - Elaphe spp.
Boas - Family Boidae (other than Boa Constrictor)
King Snakes - Lampropeltis spp.
Racer - Coluber spp.
Ringneck Snakes - Diadophis punctatus
Green Snakes - Opheodrys spp.
Collared Lizard - Crotaphytus collaris
Monitor - Varanus spp.
Skinks - Family Scincidae
Ameiva - Ameiva spp.
Chuckwalla - Sauromalus obesus
Alligator Lizard - Gerrhonotus spp.
Geckos - Family Gekkonidae (other than Tokay Gecko)
Armadillo Lizard - Cordylus cataphractus


African Clawed Frog - Xenopus laevis
Poison Dart Frog - Dendrobates spp.
Argentine Horned Frog - Ceratophrys ornata
Green Treefrog - Hyla cynerea
Cuban Treefrog - Hyla septentrionalis
Red-eyed Treefrog - Agalychnis callidryas
White's Treefrog - Litoria caerulea
Firebelly Toad - Bombina bombina
Firebelly Newt - Cynops pyrrhogaster
(b) The Department may issue a permit for the possession of the above exotic mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians, or nongame species provided the applicant has satisfactorily met the criteria contained within N.J.A.C. 7:25-4.7.

If the species you are searching for is not on this list, the Exempt Species list or the Potentially Dangerous Species list, please contact the Exotic and Nongame Permits Office with your questions at 908-735-5450 or e-mail

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