Sugar Glider Laws: Where are they Legal?

November 1, 2008 by Riley Kyrsten  
Filed under Laws

 

Sugar glider’s are not legal everywhere due to the fact that they are an exotic animal. I have done my best to research where sugar gliders are legal however laws change constantly so I suggest you contact USDA Animal Care and make sure nothing has changed. I will not be responsible for any state requirement that has not been updated. Looking at the map above, see which region your state falls in. Here are the numbers you can contact for updated laws according to the map above.


Alabama: Unknown

Alaska: Illegal

Arizona: Legal

Arkansas: Legal

California: Illegal

Colorado: Legal

Connecticut: Unknown

Delaware: Unknown

Florida: Legal

Georgia: Illegal

Hawaii: Illegal

Idaho: Unknown

Illinois: Legal

According to Illinois Compiled Statutes (520 ILCS 5/2.2 ), any animal that 
is not protected by the Wildlife Code cannot be imported into the state without 
a letter from the Director granting permission for the importation to occur. 
This law was developed to prevent disease contamination of wildlife populations 
or livestock, and to prevent the release of an animal into an environment where 
it may cause a nuisance.  Public, research, and zoological institutions are 
exempted from these provisions.   Also, animals that are exempted by 
administrative rule do not have to have a letter authorizing the importation. 
However, an administrative rule has not been promulgated at this time. 
    What does this mean for the importation of sugar gliders?  Well, any 
individual who wants to legally  import a sugar glider into Illinois must obtain 
a letter from the Director of DNR to allow the importation.  When requesting to 
obtain a letter to import a sugar glider into Illinois, you must provide a 
veterinarian health certificate that states the animal is disease free and a 
statement that every attempt is made to assure the animal does not escape into 
the wild.   An authorization letter may be obtained by writing the Division of 
Wildlife Resources, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 524 S. 2nd St., 
Springfield, IL 62701-1787. 

Indiana: Legal

Iowa: Legal

Kansas: Unknown

Kentucky: Legal

Louisiana: Legal (Except for East Baton Rouge Parish )

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries does not regulate exotic 
species (those not native to Louisiana).  There are permits required to 
import and keep exotic species in Louisiana, but those permits are 
issued by the Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry.  There may 
also be a permit required from the USDA Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service. 
Contact the LDAF at 225/925 3980, and USDA at 225/389-0436. 
The La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries only regulation concerning 
exotic mammals deals with the importation and release of these animals. 
Sugar gliders do not fall under our jurisdiction. An exotic animal of 
this type would be regulated by the La. Dept. of Agriculture and 
Forestry. I called Doctor Cox with that Dept. and was advised that sugar 
gliders were not prohibited in the state per se, but, for instance, are 
banned in East Baton Rouge Parish. Evidently, each individual Parish 
(County) has the right to pass ordinances concerning the possessing of 
exotic animals within its own legal boundaries .I hope this information will be of some benefit to you.

Maine: Legal

You would need a Wildlife Propagator’s license in order to own a sugar glider in the State of Maine.  If importing from out of state, you would also need a 
Wildlife Importation Permit.  There would be special cage/health requirements 
for any species held in captivity in the State of Maine.  If you would like me 
to send you the necessary applications, please send me your full name and 
mailing address. If you have questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me again at your convenience. 
Sincerely,                     email address :  Wendy.bolduc@state.me.us 
Wendy L. Bolduc 
Information Center

Maryland: Legal

Massachusetts: Illegal

Michigan: Unknown

Minnesota: Unknown Statewide (is illegal in St Paul due to city ordinance 12/26/2007)

Missouri: Legal

Mississippi: Legal

Montana: Unknown

Nebraska: Legal

Nevada: Legal

New Hampshire: Unknown

New Jersey: Unknown

New Mexico: Unknown

An Importation permit is required to import any wildlife into New Mexico 
for any purpose.  To receive a importation permit application, people 
must contact the Law Enforcement Division and request one be mailed to 
them.  The Department will consider all aspects before granting an 
individual a importation permit.  Things considered are: public safety, 
disease potential — humans, wildlife and livestock, possibility of 
outcompeting with native wildife (if there was an accidental release), 
etc.  Currently, each permit application is reviewed independently, so I 
can not give a blanket answer for any animal.

New York: Legal

North Carolina: Legal

North Dakota: Legal

Ohio: Legal

Oklahoma: Legal

Oregon: Legal

Pennsylvania: Legal (with permit)

Rhode Island: Unknown

South Carolina: Legal

South Dakota: Legal

Tennessee: Legal

Texas: Legal

Utah:

SUGAR GLIDERS CAN BE POSSESSED IN UTAH ONLY AFTER OBTAINING A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION.  BEFORE AN INDIVIDUAL CAN APPLY FOR A CERTIFICATE, THEY MUST OBTAIN A LETTER FROM LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL ALLOWING POSSESSION OF A SUGAR GLIDER IN THE LOCALITY IN WHICH THEY LIVE.  SALT LAKE COUNTY DOES NOT ALLOW POSSESSION OF SUGAR GLIDERS OR ANY ANIMAL THAT IS NOT NATIVE TO NORTH AMERICA.  REQUESTS FOR SUGAR GLIDERS ARE APPROVED WITH THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS: 
1.  HOLDING FACILITY WILL NOT BE LESS THAN 18 INCHES X 24 INCHES PER ANIMAL HOUSED.
2.  HOLDING FACILITY MUST BE HIGHER THAN LONG WHERE POSSIBLE. 
3.  HOLDING FACILITY MUST BE INSPECTED BEFORE SUGAR GLIDERS ARE AQUIRED
4.  HOLDING FACILITY WILL BE INSPECTED YEARLY AND BE AVAILABLE TO SPOT
INSPECTIONS AS DEEMED NECESSARY.
5.  NO BREEDING OF THE ANIMALS IS TO TAKE PLACE.  (POSSESSION BOTH MALES   AND FEMALES NOT ALLOWED.) 
6.  NO ANIMALS ARE TO BE RESOLD FOR ANY REASON. 
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE WILL BE GROUNDS FOR FORFEITURE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION. 
COST OF CERTIFICATES ARE $5.00 HANDLING FEE AND $50.00 CERTIFICATE FEE FOR THE FIRST YEAR.  RENEWABLE THEREAFTER FOR $25.00.

Vermont: Unknown

Virginia: Legal

Washington: Legal

West Virginia: Legal

Wisconsin: Legal

Wyoming: Legal

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Comments

19 Responses to “Sugar Glider Laws: Where are they Legal?”
  1. santa claus says:

    this was extremely helpful and informing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks a lot!!!!!

  2. Nadean says:

    I liked to see all this information I am keeping a tab for this site so I can find out other information as needed. Thank You for all this information.

  3. Chrissy says:

    Just an FYI. Sugar Gliders are legal in the state of Rhode Island without a permit. You can find them in most of the pet stores there.

  4. Georgia JUST passed the law allowing them late last summer. I don’t have a link to the wording of the law, but I am sure their fish and game or something could get it to you. GO GEORGIA for finally doing the RIGHT thing.

    Unfortunately Pennsylvania is going the other way. SURE they are allowed with a permit, but they are no longer writing that permit and they haven’t filled one out in the last 5 years, they say. So that’s rather misleading of them. Grrr…

  5. Dale says:

    Sugar Gliders are legal in NJ with a permit.

  6. Danielle says:

    I have been doing my research and can’t find anything that says why sugar gliders are illegal in Alaska. My work will be moving me there and i don’t want to get rid of the because of poor publications. Everything published says destructive “true” muridae rodents, which they are not. Don’t feed or harbor wild game, don’t keep destructive exotic animals so on and so forth. Everything in the alaska Rodent Laws is up for interpretation to me….very specific about rodents but does not mention marsupials. HELP!

  7. Catherine says:

    Sugar gliders are not Legal in all of Virginia. Certain counties have restrictions on owning a sugar glider. Fairfax county is one of those, it is legal to buy and sell sugar gliders in that county, but it is Illegal to own one if you are a resident in fairfax.

  8. ALLI says:

    i believe sugar gliders should be legal in all 50 united states of america! i love them. they are nice and fluffy, and meant for everyone to enjoy.
    <3

  9. Natalia says:

    Sugar Gliders are not legal in PR =(

  10. BennyJ says:

    Thanks so much for publishing this info! Very helpful for becoming a new Sugar Glider owner :)

  11. Jessi says:

    thanks! this is really helpful because i was worried about getting them just in case they weren’t legal in my state. i am so relieved to see that they are. thanks again!!!

  12. Dancing says:

    Just wanted to let you know, gliders ARE legal in Kansas.

  13. Helen Waller says:

    I am appalled these precious marsupials are being exploited in overseas markets.

    They are australian natives NOT PETS!!!!

    They are owed more dignity than this.

    US people are grotesque in their lack of respect toward other countries rights.

    America has NO rights regarding these animals.

    In human!!!

  14. Victoria says:

    No one is disrespecting them. People keep them as pets because they admire them.

  15. Jeff says:

    i have a friend that owns one, and yes it is a friend that has the glider not me. una is her name she is ok and fine but does live by herself with my friend who takes excellent care of her. she has a running wheel which at night she uses like crazy. as far as being friendly though, im not sure everything i have read here relates to una, and would like more info

  16. Joe says:

    anyone noes if its legal in NJ?

  17. Lilly says:

    well how come they are not legal every where?

  18. Hannah says:

    I’m ten and I really wanted a sugar glider but then I found out that they’re illegal in Alaska, where I live. I want to get this law changed, and I want to know why they’re illegal here. If you know, please email me at hrmrocks2903@yahoo.com!

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