Legal Requirements of Owning / Breeding a Pet Wallaby

Owning a Pet Wallaby In The U.S.

The difficulty and legality of adopting a pet wallaby in the United States varies from state to state. Generally speaking, wallabies fall into the exotic category since they are not native to America. But with an influx of wallabies into the US, legally the term exotic may have some leeway in certain states.

In any case, let’s not get into difficult legal lingo. For general purposes, some states outright forbid ownership of exotic animals. In some states you require a USDA license and have to meet some requirements. And there are some states in which there is no license needed at all and you can own a pet wallaby without restriction.

Note: Laws do change. The information contained here is accurate for now. You should reaffirm with local authorities before making a purchase in any case.

States in the US That Ban Captive Wildlife 

Some states have completely banned captive wildlife. For those of you who are confused, wallabies fall under this category quite easily. The states that ban pet wallaby ownership include:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • New Mexico
  • N. Hampshire
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Utah
States That May Or May Not Allow Wallaby Pet

There are some states that allow certain exotic animals and ban others. Their legal requirements are up for interpretation. Consequently, you would be best advised to contact your relevant local authority to find out if you can own a pet wallaby in any of the states below:

  • Arkansas
  • Kansas
  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Wyoming
  • Tennessee
States That Require USDA License

Adopting wallabies as pets or selling a domesticated wallaby requires USDA license in some states of the United States. Accordingly, there are some guidelines and sets of instructions for housing wallabies that you must follow. USDA licensing authorities may drop in for a surprise visit time to time to see if you are meeting the required conditions of keeping wallabies as pets.

The guidelines are not very hard to follow but may be expensive and cost you a little in addition to the price of the wallaby pet. These guidelines require you to keep record of the food you are feeding your of wallabies, housing of wallaby, heating system inside the shelter, general wallaby care information and an annual record of the wallaby’s inspection by a vet. They also require you to make sure that a vet who can care for the wallaby is available near you at all the times.

USDA guidelines for adopting a pet wallaby are not supposed to be daunting. They are just for the safety and protection of your pet so don’t feel threatened by them.

The states that will allow you to own a wallaby with a USDA permit are:

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Indiana
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Rhode Island
States That Allow Owning A Wallaby Pet Without License

These states don’t have any licensing requirements for owning wallabies at all:

  • Nevada
  • Wisconsin
  • Ohio
  • West Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Legal Status Of Pet Wallabies In The UK

Exotic pets including wallabies fall under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act of 1976 in the United Kingdom. Although they aren’t all that dangerous, wallabies as pets are still considered wild and dangerous and are strictly monitored.

Keeping wallabies in the UK requires that you apply for a license and pay the fee. The licensing requirements and regulations do tend to vary in different regions, so you will have to check with your local authorities for details.

Owning A Pet Wallaby In Australia

Australia does not allow keeping of native animals as pets. Therefore, wallabies are not permitted. The reason that authorities give is that this is for the welfare of the animal. They believe that people are not well-informed about pet wallaby care and may inadvertently do more harm than good.

The fact is that wallabies as pets are easily stressed. Stress can be triggered when they come in contact with humans and other domestic pets like dogs and cats. Even noisy machines or the noise of traffic can cause them stress. This stress can seriously affect a wallaby lifespan. So the decision by Australian authorities to ban the ownership of wallabies may look strict, but it is understandable.

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