Exotic Pets

Effective January 1, 2014: The Revised Code of Washington prohibits the keeping of certain dangerous wild animals as pets. “Potentially dangerous wild animal”, means one of the following types of animals, whether bred in the wild or in captivity and any or all hybrids thereof:

Here is a partial list of animals that are regulated - for a complete list refer to RCW16.30.010.
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Captive-bred cougars
  • Jaguars
  • Cheetahs
  • Leopards
  • Snow leopards
  • Clouded leopards
  • Wolves excluding wolf hybrids
  • Bears
  • Hyenas
  • Rhinoceroses
  • Non-human primates
  • Elephants
  • Poisonous snakes/reptiles
  • Crocodiles
  • Alligators
  • Caimans
  • Gavials
A person who violates RCW16.030.010 is liable for a civil penalty according to RCW16.030.060.