TEXAS CONTROLLED EXOTIC SNAKE PERMITS
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2008
Effective April 1, 2008, you will need to have
$60 Commercial Controlled Exotic Snake Permit
If you plan to sell any of the snakes listed below
Sellers will need to provide a receipt to the purchaser for
all transactions involving the snakes below,
as purchaser will have 21 days to get their
$20 Recreational Controlled Exotic Snake Permit
ORDER YOUR PERMIT ON-LINE
Nongame Regulations FAQshttp://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/permits/land/wildlife/media/nongame_regulations_faqs.doc
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved the publication of proposed regulations that would require a new permit for people who sell, transport or possess venomous snakes not indigenous to Texas, plus four species of pythons and one species of anaconda.
Under House Bill 12, enacted by the 80th Texas Legislature, the commission is required to establish permits authorizing the possession and transportation of the following snakes:
The bill also prohibits the release of these snakes into the wild in Texas.
The proposed regulations would require anyone who possesses one of the controlled exotic snakes, but does not sell snakes, to buy a $20 Recreational Controlled Exotic Snake Permit. Permit No. 580
People who buy a controlled exotic snake from a pet store could use their sales receipt as a temporary recreational permit good for 21 days, giving them time to buy an official Texas Parks and Wildlife Department permit.
Dealers who possess or transport controlled exotic snakes for sale would need to pay a $60 Commercial Controlled Exotic Snake Permit. This permit would be required for each permanent place of business where controlled exotic snakes are sold. Permitted businesses would need to maintain a daily record of snake sales, which would have to be kept for two years and made available to TPWD upon request. Permit No. 581
Either permit could be obtained anywhere Texas hunting and fishing licenses are sold. When you go to obtain your permit, be sure to tell them the permit number you are wanting to purchase.
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Frequently Asked Questions Relating to the Possession, Purchase, Sale, or Transportation of Certain Snakes
Frequently Asked Questions: Non-game
Frequently Asked Questions about Nongame
Non-Game Collector Permits
Application for Non-Game Dealer
Commercial Non-Game Permits