If you're thinking outside the box for your next pet, know that there are certain animals that you cannot own in Massachusetts.

Obviously animals like lions, tigers and bears (oh my!) are not ones to keep as pets, but there are other animals allowed as keep-able creatures in other states that Mass wants you to pass on.

Here are some of the animals that Mass Wildlife prevents the ownership of.

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    They may look cute and cuddly to some, but having a fox as a pet is a no-no in Massachusetts. There are many states that do allow a fox as a pet, including right up the road in Rhode Island, but around here they are considered exotic and have made the banned list.

  • SivelstreSelva


    As cute as monkeys can be, they can't be privately owned here in Massachusetts. After Charla Nash was attacked by her pet chimpanzee in her Connecticut home back in 2009, the idea of owning a monkey was not as appealing to many pet owners. But for those still stuck on the idea, there are some states that still allow it, though MA is not one of them.

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    Jon Snow may have his own direwolf, but real wolves are out of the question as pets in Massachusetts. Though they may seem like bigger dogs, they are not and MassWildlife has them on the banned list. Again RI is a bit more lacks on these exotic animals as pets, but its states like Alabama, Wisconsin and Ohio that have barely any animal restrictions if you want to crazy with what you own.

  • Group of pets: dog, cat, bird, rabbit
    Group of pets: dog, cat, bird, rabbit


    This one doesn't even seem like an animal you would want as a pet, but apparently people have tried. I guess raccoons are pretty cute, but having one roaming your house doesn't seem like the best idea. And clearly Massachusetts agrees, because owning a raccoon is another no-no.

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