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Species Exempted from Required Possession Permit

The following species are exempt from needing a possession permit:

Budgerigar - Melopsittacus undulatus
Cockatiel - Nymphicus hollandicus
Peafowl - Pavo cristatus
Rock dove - Columba livia
Canary - Serinus canaria
House sparrow - Passer domesticus
European starling - Sturnis vulgaris
Zebra finch - Poephila guttatus
Society finch - Lonchura domesticus
Emu - Dromaius novaehollandiae
Ostrich - Struthio camelus
Greater rhea - Rhea americana
Lesser rhea - Pterocnemia pennata

Gerbil - Meriones mongolinensis
Guinea pig - Cavia porcellus
Domestic rabbit - Oryctolagus cuniculus
Vietnamese pot-bellied pig - Sus spp.
Pigmy goats - Capra hircus
Mice and Rats - Mus spp. & Rattus spp.
Chipmunk - Tamias spp. & Eutamias spp.
Red squirrel - Tamiasciurus hudsonicus & douglasii
Flying squirrel - Glaucomys spp.
Llama - Lama glama
Alpaca - Lama pacos
Guanaco - Lama guanicoe

American anole - Anolis carolinensis
Common iguana - Iguana iguana
Boa constrictor - Constrictor constrictor
Eastern painted turtle - Chrysemys picta picta
Snapping turtle - Chelydra serpentina
Fence lizard - Sceloporus occidentalis & undulatus
Garter snake - Thamnophis spp. (except T. sirtalis tetrataenia)
Tokay gecko - Gekko gecko
Ribbon snake - Thamnophis spp. (except T. sirtalis tetrataenia)

Leopard frog - Rana pipiens
Green frog - Rana clamitans
American toad - Bufo americanus
Fowler's toad - B.w. fowleri
Bullfrog - Rana catesbeiana
Red-spotted newt - Notophthalmus viridescens
Dusky salamander - Desmognathus fuscus

Any invetebrate other than those listed on any relevant Federal or State of New Jersey Endangered Species list.

Also see the lists of Species Requiring Permits and Potentially Dangerous Species.
For further information or clarification call the Exotic and Nongame Permits Office at 908-735-5450 or e-mail

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Last Updated: September 9, 2005