When you think of pets, dogs, cats, or even birds are the first to come to mind. However, some folks love stepping out of the ordinary, wanting exotic animals as their potential pals.

According to an article from KXAN TV, it's clear which critters you can call your own and which are a big no-no in Texas. Let's explore just a few animals that the Lone Star State says you can't keep as pets.

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LOOK: OWNING THESE 5 PETS IN TEXAS IS A BIG NO-NO

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Tigers and Lions

Yes, owning a big cat might be cool, but in Texas, having a lion or tiger roaming around the yard is off-limits. These cats are dangerous and require a habitat that a typical home can't provide.


 

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Bears

Have you ever wanted a cuddly bear as a friend? Well, it turns out it's not so practical (or legal) to have one lounging around your house in Texas. Bears need a lot of space and can be pretty unpredictable.


 

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Chimpanzees and Monkeys

They may seem like fun companions with their human-like behaviors, but they're also banned pets in Texas. They can be aggressive and carry diseases that can be passed on to humans.


 

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Wolves

Pure wolves or even wolf-dog hybrids aren't allowed as pets in Texas. While they might look normal, they have wild instincts that don't go along well with a domestic lifestyle.


 

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Certain Snakes

If you're a snake lover, that's great, but Texas draws the line at owning venomous ones or large constrictors like pythons and anacondas. These can be a danger to their owners and the public.

While owning an exotic animal might seem exciting, these laws are around for a reason. They protect the owners and the animals themselves so that they live in the proper environments they need. Remember that dogs, cats, and other legal pets can offer just as much love and excitement. Plus, they're way easier to cuddle with.

Exotic Animals Allowed as Pets in Texas

If you want an exotic animal as a pet the state of Texas has quite a few that are allowed under Texas law.

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