It’s Illegal to Own More Than 12 of These Animals in Colorado
In Colorado having a pet is pretty standard but there are limits on how many and what kind of animals you can own.
There is a huge range of animals that are perfectly legal to own within the state, however, residents and visitors should be aware that in general, it is illegal to own wildlife in Colorado.
Keep Colorado Wildlife Wild
So not only is it illegal to remove a wildlife animal from its habitat in Colorado, but it is also very dangerous. If you discover wildlife in distress the best thing to do is report it to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). CPW employs trained and licensed wildlife rehabilitators who know just how to handle wildlife and how to keep the community protected.
Wildlife rehabilitation permits are only given to people who have adequate training and facilities to care for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife in a manner that minimizes human contact and maximizes the chances that wildlife can be returned successfully to the wild. It is not legal to "adopt" wildlife as a personal possession or pet.
While the wildlife in Colorado is not up for grabs, that doesn't mean you can't find a legal pet to add to your family.
Domestic Animals Can Totally Be Pets in Colorado
Colorado will let you have an array of non-standard pets such as alpacas, reindeer, emu, chinchillas, and even camels. Heck, you can even own red kangaroos, a variety of wallabies, or a cute African pygmy hedgehog.
Of course, it's also perfectly legal to own the usual pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, and hamsters.
In fact, there are ever numerous locations across Colorado that do not have a specified limit on the number of dogs you can own.
If the above mammals don't interest you, there is a list of legal non-mammals that may pique your interest, but there is a limit on how many you can legally keep.
Up to four individuals of each of the following species and/or subspecies of reptiles and amphibians may be taken annually and held in captivity, provided that no more than 12 in the aggregate may be possessed at any time
Keep scrolling to see which reptiles and amphibians are perfectly legal to capture and own.