Where are Degus Legal
While we will do our very best to maintain this page to reflect the most current information we can find, when it comes to exotic animal rules and regulations you should always practice due diligence and contact your local or state authorities before making any decisions about owning or purchasing degus.
Don’t know who to call to find out if degus are legal in your home state or city? The name of the appropriate department or the department to which exotic animal legality falls changes from state to state here are some examples:
- Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Department of Fish and Game
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Environmental Management
Where are Degus Legal / Illegal in the United States
|State||Status||Details & Source|
|California||Illegal||ca.gov – California Department of Fish and Game|
|Colorado||Legal||Permit may be required
state.co.us – Colorado Division of Wildlife
Degus are not listed on any permit exempt or banned exotic list which leads us to believe they are legal with permit. Confirm with your local authorities.
|Delaware||Legal||Exempt from Exotic Permits
delaware.gov – Delaware Department of Agriculture
|District of Columbia|
|Georgia||Illegal||state.ga.us – Georgia Department of Agriculture
|Maine||Legal||No Permit Needed (unrestricted species)
maine.gov – Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
|Massachusetts||Legal||No Permit Needed
mass.gov – Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
|Montana||Legal||No Permit Needed (noncontrolled species)
mt.gov – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
|Nebraska||Legal||state.ne.us (PDF) – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission|
|Northern Marianas Islands|
|Rhode Island||Legal||No Permit Necessary
dem.ri.gov (PDF) Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
|Vermont||Legal||VTFishandWildlife.com (PDF) – Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
Degus marked as unrestricted in 2007 list
A special thanks to Google’s Uncle Sam search. Without it my research was tedious and it was difficult to filter official government sites and responses from other websites and opinions.