Sugar Glider Laws: Where are they Legal?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy L. Bolduc
Minnesota: Unknown Statewide (is illegal in St Paul due to city ordinance 12/26/2007)
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
Pennsylvania: Legal (with permit)
Rhode Island: Unknown
South Carolina: Legal
South Dakota: Legal
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.
West Virginia: Legal