Many families here in Texas have a family pet or as I like to call them furry family members. We are talking about animals that we welcome into our family and most times they make life better. I can say that my two dogs Cooper and Gypsy make the stress of the workday go away as soon as I walk through the door, dogs are the best. But I know there are lots of people and families that enjoy family pets beyond just the traditional dog or cat. 

Lion Banned Pet in Texas

I can remember my sister having lots of animals as we were growing up whether it was fish or a turtle or even a smelly rabbit. None of them were around for long periods of time, except for our dogs and cats. But there are so many other choices for having a pet and most animals are allowed in Texas. But there are certain animals that could cause some danger which is why they are not allowed as pets in Texas. 

There Are Some Animal Exceptions 

Animals that are not allowed as pets in Texas include the Texas horned lizard, Bald eagle, Whooping crane, and Woodhouse toad. There are some exotic snakes that require a permit in Texas, click here for those details. There is also a wide variety of exotic animals that are allowed in Texas but only with the proper permit. 

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Let’s Look at the Banned Pets in Texas 

Here is a look at the pets that are banned in Texas, although some would be allowed if you got the correct permit.  

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Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

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