Pets and Livestock
Perhaps you are thinking of importing an exotic animal into Alaska as a pet for your kids, or to sell in pet stores. Maybe you’re planning to bring your own unusual pet with you when you move. Or maybe you are interested in keeping a wild animal such as a porcupine as a pet in Alaska. Alaska has strict statutes and regulations regarding pets and what animals can be held as pets including holding wild animals as pets.
What Pets Can I Own?
Mammals, birds, and reptiles
All mammal, bird, and reptile species that have been specifically approved for entry or possession in Alaska appear on the "Clean List" (5 AAC 92.029). For your convenience, we have listed the approved animals by category in the links below. If a particular mammal, bird, or reptile species does not appear on this list, it may not be imported into Alaska or possessed as a pet or livestock in Alaska, and the Department of Fish and Game cannot issue a permit allowing its importation or possession.
Only the birds found in the table below are legal to own as a pet in Alaska.
Species Scientific Name Notes Canary Serinus canaria Var. Chicken Gallus gallus Var. Cockatiel (see notes) Family Psittacidae Any cockatiel not prohibited by federal or international law Columbidae family Family Columbidae Species of non-Holarctic origin Coturnix (any species) Subfamily Phasianinae Duck (see notes) Any duck which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines does not require a federal permit for private ownership Fringillidae family Family Fringillidae Species of non-Holarctic origin Goose (see notes) Any goose which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines does not require a federal permit for private ownership Guineafowl (any species) Subfamily Numidinae Junglefowl (any species) Subfamily Phasianinae Macaw (see notes) Family Psittacidae Any macaw not prohibited by federal or international law Migratory waterfowl (see notes) Any migratory waterfowl which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines does not require a federal permit for private ownership Mynah Acridotheres spp. Parakeet (see notes) Family Psittacidae Any parakeet not prohibited by federal or international law Parrot (see notes) Family Psittacidae Any parrot not prohibited by federal or international law Partridge (chukar) Alectoris chukar Peafowl (any species) Pavo spp. Pheasant (any species) Subfamily Phasianinae Pigeon Columia livia Var. Ploceidae family Family Ploceidae Species of non-Holarctic origin Psittacidae family Family Psittacidae Any member of the Psittacidae family not prohibited by federal or international law Pycnonotidae family Family Pycnonotidae Species of non-Holarctic origin Quail (button) Family Turnicidae in the order Gruiformes Quail (see notes) Subfamily Odontophorinae Any New World Quail species (including Bobwhite) Swan (see notes) Any swan which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines does not require a federal permit for private ownership Timaliidae family Family Timaliidae Species of non-Holarctic origin Toucan Family Ramphastidae Trogonidae family Family Trogonidae Species of non-Holarctic origin Turdidae family Family Turdidae Species of non-Holarctic origin Turkey (any species) Subfamily Meleagridinae Zosteripidae family Family Zosteripidae Species of non-Holarctic origin
Only the mammals found in the table below are legal to own as a pet in Alaska.
Species Scientific Name Alpaca Lama pacos Ass Equus asinus Var. Bison (except feral and wild bison) Bison bison Cat Felis catus Camel (one-humped) Camelus dromedarius Cattle Bos taurus Cavy Cavia aperea Chinchilla Chinchilla laniger Dog Canis familiaris Elk (except feral and wild elk) Cervus elaphus Ferret (European) Mustela putorius furo Gerbil Gerbillus spp. Gerbil (fat-tailed) Pachyuromys duprasi Goat Capra hircus Guinea pig Cavia porcellus Hamster (golden) Mesocricetus auratus Hedgehog (African pygmy) Erinaceus albiventris Horse Equus caballus Llama Lama peruana Mice (only the types listed below)
Mus musculus Var. Mule Equus asinus x caballus Muskoxen (except feral and wild muskoxen) Ovibos moschatus Oxen Bos spp. Rabbit (European) Oryctolagus cuniculus Var. Rat (white) Rattus norvegicus Var. albinus Reindeer (except feral reindeer) Rangifer tarandus Var. Sheep Ovis aries Swine Sus scrofa Var.
Only the reptiles found in the table below are legal to own as a pet in Alaska.
Species Scientific Name Notes Alligator Class Reptilia Crocodile Class Reptilia Lizard (see notes) Class Reptilia Any nonvenomous lizard Snake (see notes) Class Reptilia Any nonvenomous snake Turtle Class Reptilia Other Reptile Species (see notes) Class Reptilia Any nonvenomous reptile
Fish, shellfish and amphibians
Only ornamental species are allowed.
It is Illegal to Hold Wild Species as Pets
The native (indigenous) fish and wildlife of Alaska are a public resource. You may not cage or fence in a wild creature and try to make it your pet, even if you think it is a juvenile that has been abandoned. It is illegal for citizens to possess or export native Alaska species as pets. However, some other forms of wildlife or fish possession are allowed with the necessary permit.
Who to Contact
Mammals, birds, or reptiles
For questions on transport or possession of mammals, birds, or reptiles, contact the department’s Wildlife Permits Section at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 465-4148.
Fish, shellfish or amphibians
Information on importing fish, shellfish or amphibians is found at Fish, Amphibian, and Aquatic Plant Permits.
Importing species of fish, crustaceans, or mollusks
If you have questions about importing species of fish, crustaceans, or mollusks that are not native to Alaska and have been identified as invasive elsewhere in the United States, or you think might pose a potential risk of harm to Alaska’s aquatic ecosystems, please contact ADF&G's Invasive Species Coordinator at email@example.com or 907-465-6183.