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  • All animals are technically legal with proper licenses.
  • Look at your local city and county laws as well.
  • Texas is an exotic friendly state.

Not all states are as lenient as Texas when it comes to exotic animal ownership. I regularly pass by herds of ostrich, zebras, and buffalo driving around the state.

Though you may see these animals, they still might not be legal to have as pets. Texas lists dangerous wild animals as lions, tigers, ocelots, cougars, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, bobcats, lynxes, servals, caracals, hyenas, bears, coyotes, jackals, baboons, chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas.

To own these types of animals you must have a license or certificate of registration. So let's focus on some animals that are still exotic, but not dangerous.

10 Interesting Legal Pets You Can Own In Texas

Once being a young animal enthusiast, I thought I wanted to own a weird pet. I was way cooler than just having a cat or a dog.

I luckily didn't go much further than having a fish tank in the world of exotic pets. It is a lot more work than you can imagine caring for these special animals.

It's like having a child that never grows up, and some of these more unusual pets require that level of care. It's a full-time job and a labor of love all at the same time.

If you can't be persuaded by that and you still must have a strange pet, at least choose one that is slow, like a sloth. According to BornFreeUSA sloths are allowed in Texas, so go for it.

Take a look at these 10 interesting pets you can own in Texas.

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