Arlington Co. Bans Wild, Exotic Pets: See What's Prohibited

WASHINGTON — Arlington County is saying no to lions and tigers and bears — as pets.

A new amendment to the Arlington County code passed on Tuesday and now prohibits residents from keeping wild and exotic animals as pets.

Residents that already have exotic animals, should contact the Animal Welfare League of Arlington to sign a registry in order to keep their pets.

Luckily pet owners could keep their rabbits, rats, mice, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, hedgehogs, sugar gliders and guinea pigs.

The ban of wild and exotic animals also does not include nonvenomous snakes, but does make new standards for care, handling and enclosure for snakes that weigh more than 25 pounds.

The ban on wild and exotic animals is already law in neighboring jurisdictions and at the state level.

Below are all the animals that are now prohibited under the new Arlington code.

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