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I DO NOT assume any liability/responsibility for any errors on this page. PLEASE VERIFY EVERYTHING BEFORE PURCHASING OR POSSESSING VENOMOUS IN YOUR AREA. I will try to keep this as up to date as I can. If you happen to come across any errors on this page please feel free to contact me so that I can correct them. Also note that laws are constantly changing and being updated so I would advise against using only this page as a reference in your decision to possess venomous snakes.

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Last Updated: 09/09/14

Alabama:
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Coral Snake is protected. Permit required
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Game and Fish Division
Law Enforcement Section
64 N. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-1456
Alabama government
Nongame Species Regulation
Restrictions on Possession

Alaska:
Native Venomous: Permit is required
Exotic Venomous: Permit is required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
PO Box 25526
Juneau, AK 99802-5526
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Alaska

Arizona:
Native Venomous: No permit is required, however other restrictions apply. Please contact Arizona Game and Fish Department for all the details
Exotic Venomous: Permit is required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Arizona Game and Fish
Permits Coordinator
2221 W. Greenway Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Arkansas:
Native Venomous: No permit required if less than six specimens of each species are maintained
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205

California:
Native Venomous: No permit required...possession limit is 2 of each species
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
California Department of Fish and Game
Wildlife Protection Division
1416 Ninth St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

Colorado:
Native Venomous: Permit required???
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Colorado Division of Wildlife
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO 80216

Connecticut:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Wildlife Division
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06102-5127
Connecticut Wildlife Division

Delaware:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Richardson and Robbins Building
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19903
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Title III CHAPTER 72

Florida:
Native Venomous: Permit required (1000 hours verified experience required) 
Exotic Venomous: Permit required (1000 hours verified experience required)
Protected Native Venomous: None
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600

Georgia:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Special Permit Unit
2070 U.S. Highway 278 S.E.
Social Circle, GA 30279



Hawaii:
Native Venomous: None occur naturally
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
1151 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Idaho:
Native Venomous: No permit required if less than 4 specimens of each species
Exotic Venomous: No permit required...however an Import Permit is required to ship animals into the state of Idaho.
Protected Native Venomous: None
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
600 S. Walnut Street, P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707
Idaho Statutes

Illinois:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Endangered Species Project Manager
524 S. Second St., Lincoln Tower Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701-1787

Indiana:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Commercial License Clerk
Indiana Government Center South
402 W. Washington Street-Room W273
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2267

Iowa:
Native Venomous: Permit Pending legislation
Exotic Venomous: Permit Pending legislation
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-5145

Kansas:
Native Venomous: No permit required for less than 5 specimens of each species
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Route 2, Box 54A
Pratt, KS 67124-9599

Kentucky:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
#1 Game Farm Road
Frankfort, KY 40601

Louisiana:
Native Venomous: A valid Fishing License may be required
Permit Required for native and exotic venomous as well as constrictors over 12 feet in length. You must also have a fishing license to possess / collect any native herp and a LA Reptile and Amphibian Dealer's Permit to sell any native herps (this applies to non-residents as well, such as at reptile shows)

Protected Native Venomous: None
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

Maine:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
State Station House 41
284 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333

Maryland:

Native Venomous: No permit required to keep Copperheads if less than 4 specimens
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Division
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

Massachusetts:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
100 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02202

Michigan:
Native Venomous: No permit required for less than 6 specimens of each species
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Stevens T. Mason Building
Box 30028
Lansing, MI 48909


Minnesota:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Endangered Species Permit Coordinator
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4001

Mississippi:
Native Venomous: A valid Hunting License is required and no more than 4 specimens of each species or a total of 20 specimens are allowed without a Captive Propagation Permit.
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
Museum of Natural History
111 N. Jefferson St.
Jackson, MS 39202

Missouri:
Native Venomous: Must be registered with local law enforcement agencies. Class 2 Wildlife Breeders Permit required for Importation, Transportation, Trade, Sale, or Bartering of venomous reptiles.
Exotic Venomous: Same rules as for Native Venomous
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Missouri Department of Conservation
2901 West Truman Boulevard
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

Montana:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Law Enforcement Division
1420 E. Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59620

Nebraska:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd Street
PO Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370

Nevada:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Nevada Department of Wildlife
PO Box 10678, 1100 Valley Road
Reno, NV 89520-0022

New Hampshire:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
2 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301

New Jersey:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy
Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife
CN 400
Trenton, NJ 08625-0400

New Mexico:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Villagra Building
PO Box 25112
Sante Fe, NM 87504

New York:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
New York State Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Special License Unit
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12233

North Carolina:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
North Carolina Wildlife Resources
Archdale Building
513 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27611

North Dakota:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
North Dakota Game and Fish Departmen t
100 North Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501-5095

Ohio:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife
1840 Belcher Drive
Columbus, OH 43224-1329

Oklahoma:
Native Venomous: A non-commercial wildlife breeders license is required to possess any native species for hobby purposes
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
1801 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Oregon:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: Varies
Protected Native Venomous: None
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
2501 SW First Ave., PO Box 59
Portland, OR 92707

Pennsylvania:
Native Venomous: Rattle Snake Hunter's Permit required for Timber Rattlesnake...possession limit is 1 specimen.
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
Division of Fisheries Management
Herpetology and Endangered Species Coordinator
450 Robinson Lane
Bellefonte, PA 16823-9685

Rhode Island:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Washington County Government Center
Wakefield, RI 02879

South Carolina:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Department
Rembert C. Dennis Building, PO Box 167
Columbia, SC 29202

South Dakota:
Native Venomous: Fishing License required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks
License Office
412 West Missouri
Pierre, SD 57501

Tennessee:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Ellington Agricultural Center
PO Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204

Texas:
Native Venomous: None game collections permit
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744

Utah:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Utah Department of Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife Resources
Wildlife Registration Office
1596 West North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84116


Vermont:
Native Venomous: Scientific Collection Permits may be required
Exotic Venomous: Importation Permits may be required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Vermont Fish and Game Department
Law Enforcement Division
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05676

Virginia:
Native Venomous: No permit required, however, there is a possession limit of 5 of each species
Exotic Venomous: No permit required, except for the Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis)
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
4010 West Broad Street
PO Box 11104
Richmond, VA 23230-1104

Washington:
Native Venomous: Permit required
Exotic Venomous: Permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, WA 98501-1091



West Virginia:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: None
West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
Division of Wildlife
PO Box 67
Elkins, WV 26241-0067

Wisconsin:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53791-9414

Wyoming:
Native Venomous: No permit required
Exotic Venomous: No permit required
Protected Native Venomous: Permit required
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
5400 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82006

 
   
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