Conn. (WTNH) — Are you looking for a new pet? Before considering a new addition to the family, you may want to take a look at which animals are and are not legal to own in Connecticut.

While homes are usually filled with “normal” pets, like cats, dogs, fish, and birds, some pet owners have unique roommates. In Connecticut, it’s legal to own a hedgehog, ferret, or sugar glider — while in some states, the rodents are banned.

However, Connecticut’s list of illegal pets is steep. Some may seem obvious, while others may come as a surprise.

See the full list of animals banned as pets in the Nutmeg State:


Meerkats (Suricata suricatta) are seen at the Guadalajara Zoo in Guadalajara, Mexico, on February 3, 2023. (Photo by Ulises Ruiz / AFP) (Photo by ULISES RUIZ/AFP via Getty Images)

While meerkats are social animals, they don’t bode well with humans.

Alligator, crocodile, and gavials

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – APRIL 14: A baby alligator is seen near the eighth hole during the second round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 14, 2023 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Alligators can grow up to 10 or 15 feet and weigh up to 600 pounds.


This photograph taken on July 14, 2022, shows a racoon cooling off at the Sainte-Croix animal park in Rhodes, eastern France. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP via Getty Images)

The wild animal is important to Connecticut, as it is harvested during the hunting and trapping seasons.

Wolf, coyote, wolverine, and hyena

A wolf stands inside its enclosure at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (CWWC) in Divide, Colorado on March 28, 2023. – CWWCs 35 acre property is home to 18 wolves, and offers daily tours. In 2020, Colorado voters passed Proposition 114, which required Colorado Parks and Wildlife to reintroduce gray wolves to designated lands on the western side of the Continental Divide no later than December 31, 2023. Wolves that have wandered into Colorado from the neighboring state of Wyoming have put ranchers on edge that their livestock may become prey, as well as presented challenges to the outcome of the reintroduction program. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

While a wolf is banned in Connecticut, New York residents can own them with a certain permit.


A Violet Bellied hummingbird (Damophila julie) flyes at Rio Blanco viewpoint, in Choco Andino Biosphere reserve in Pichincha, Ecuador, on September 25, 2021. (Photo by Cristina Vega RHOR / AFP) (Photo by CRISTINA VEGA RHOR/AFP via Getty Images)

This species is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Kangaroos and wallabies

COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 25: An Eastern Grey Kangaroo is seen at Look At Me Now Headland on November 25, 2022 in Coffs Harbour, Australia. As spring gives way to summer on Australia’s east coast, many areas that were badly hit by a prolonged year of heavy rains are hoping for clearer skies and better weather for the season. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

Both Kangaroos and their babies — known as Wallabies — are banned in Connecticut, but New York residents can own them without a permit.


EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JUNE 01: Flo the skunk arrives at Edinburgh Zoo from Amneville Zoo in France on June 1, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Flo has joined a six-year-old male skunk Fergus, both are striped skunks which are native to North America. These black and white creatures are most iconic for their unique, defensive odour. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Connecticut is not alone on the ban, however, 17 other states allow the animal as a pet, including New Jersey and New York.

Bears: black, grizzly, and brown

Two female black bears born on February 4,2022, play during their first outing at Sainte-Croix animal park in Rhodes, eastern France, on May 26, 2022. (Photo by Frederick FLORIN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP via Getty Images)

Although bears may appear under a person’s porch or hibernating in their backyard, the animal is not legally allowed to be a pet in Connecticut.

Elephant, hippo, rhinoceros, and warthog

A hippopotamus named Tucsok celebrates her fiftieth birthday at the Zoo and Botanical Garden in Budapest, Hungary, on April 27, 2023. – Tucsok was born in 1973 and is one of the oldest zoo hippos in the world. Her seven children were born here and twenty-eight of her descendants can be found in the zoos of Europe, US and Africa. (Photo by Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP) (Photo by ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Even if you have $1,000 to spend on feeding an elephant each month, they’re not legal to own in the state.

Owls: Great Horned and White Horned

Geneva, UNITED STATES: Two young Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) sit in their nest at Kane County Courthouse 26 March, 2007 in Geneva, Illinois. The owls can range in length from 45 to 65 cm (18 to 26 inches), have a wingspan of 100 to 150 cm (40 to 60 inches) and weigh from 680 to 2900 grams (1.5 to 6.4 lbs). An average Great Horned Owl is 55 cm (22 inches) long, has a wingspan of 124 cm (49 inches) and weighs about 1400 grams (3.1 lbs). AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP via Getty Images)

Keeping an owl is outlawed, as the breed is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Certain members of the wild cat family: lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, puma, lynes, bobcat, and ocelot

A rare male King Cheetah is seen inside a closed camp in the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre on December 30, 2016 in Hartbeespoort, South Africa. Cheetahs are “sprinting” to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out this week which called for urgent action to save the world’s fastest land animals. / AFP / JOHN WESSELS (Photo credit should read JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images)

These animals are banned due to their dangerous nature.

Tigers, servals, caracals, jungle cats, Savannah cats, and foxes

TOPSHOT – A Siberian tiger gestures at the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province, on January 6, 2023. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

Not only are these animals banned due to their exotic and dangerous nature, but there is also a ban of public contact.

Gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, apes, and baboons

Chimpanzees rest after eating at the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center, 45 km from Bukavu City, February 14, 2022. – Alone or in groups, great apes jump from one branch to another, females carrying young on their backs make their way through the verdant reserve of the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center (CRPL), in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Guerchom NDEBO / AFP) (Photo by GUERCHOM NDEBO/AFP via Getty Images)

They may share certain DNA with humans, but animals like chimpanzees are not domesticated.

Certain snakes: King Cobra, coral, mambas, copperheads, viperidae, rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, reticulated python, and certain anacondas

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 02: A King Cobra is displayed to the public at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm on August 2, 2016 in Bristol, England. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm has teamed up with the Reptile Zone in Bristol to bring a fortnight of educational shows which allows members of the public to see some of the world’s most deadliest reptiles close up. The annual event showcases some of the world’s most notorious snakes behind a specially constructed presentation room. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

These tropical snakes are non-native and venomous, with the King Cobra’s bite strong enough to kill a human in just 15 minutes.

Gila monsters and beaded lizards

Biologist Ricardo Davalos holds a Beaded Lizard (Heloderma horridum) at the Guadalajara Zoo in Guadalajara, Jalisco state, Mexico on August 6, 2020. – The specimen was born after 150 days of controlled incubation at the Guadalajara Zoo amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by ULISES RUIZ / AFP) (Photo by ULISES RUIZ/AFP via Getty Images)

These gila monsters require unique care and are not legal to handle.

Nile monitor and Komodo dragon

LONDON – OCTOBER 16: Raja the Komodo Dragon walks towards his keepers at London Zoo on October 16, 2008 in London, England. Raja, who celebrates his 10th birthday on October 18, 2008 came from Miami Metro Zoo in 2004. Housed in The Dragon House, Raja eats 2.5 kg of food a week. Trout and chicken are his favourite foods. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The Komodo Dragon is an endangered species and therefore illegal to own as a pet.

Patagonian mara

A Patagonian mara (Dolichotis patagonum) is seen at Buenos Aires Zoo on June 24, 2016. The zoo will temporary close to become an ecological park. / AFP / JUAN MABROMATA (Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Getty Images)

These large rodents — that look like deer — can be kept as pets in several other states.


HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND – AUGUST 8: A partridge strolls on the pitch during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Wycombe Wanderers and Fulham at Adams Park on August 8, 2017 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)

Partridges are considered a wild species.


A group of smooth-coated otters climbs up along the banks of the Kallang River in Singapore on March 16, 2022. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Otters are not domesticated, and it is considered cruel to keep them as companions.

Tiny turtles

BOCA RATON, FL – JULY 27: A green turtle is held as marine turtle specialists prepare to release the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

This ban is not particular to Connecticut; tiny turtles with shells less than four inches are federally banned due to the potential to carry Salmonella.


So, what happens if you possess a dangerous animal illegally?

If you own one of the above animals as pets, you can face a fine of $1,000, according to the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA). The owner is then billed by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for seizing, caring for, maintaining, and disposing the animal. The crime could also be charged as a misdemeanor, and owners could face prison for up to a year.

These laws do not apply to zoos, national parks, nature centers, museums, labs, or research facilities.