Ball Pythons in Clark County Washington



[This is an older post.  Northwest Reptiles is no longer located in the Vancouver area, so we haven’t kept abreast of any possible recent changes]

Clark County Washington categorizes Ball Pythons as a Wild Animal, requiring a special Wild Animal Permit. This permit is not required per animal, but can be obtained for $100 to cover multiple animals.

When receiving my permit, I also had to agree to a yearly SURPRISE inspection by animal control, which was very brief, and I recall the officer using the word “Impressed”.

The application for this is available at Clark County’s Animal Control web site, on this page: Clark County Pet Licensing

Just two years ago, when filling this application out, you had to agree NOT to breed. This requirement was removed in 2011.

A friend in Washougal, Washington, was visited by animal control, (due to a noisy dog) and was informed that while Washougal IS part of Clark County, the wild animal permit is not necessary there. I would personally look anyway, if I were under this jurisdiction.

There are also laws regarding transportation of animals across county and state lines, that might need to be investigated.

I do not offer legal advice, I am just sharing the laws as I understand them.

Ball Pythons in Clark County Washington was last modified: January 30th, 2020 by Tom
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