Agency discourages giving exotic pets

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials urge residents not to give illegal exotic pets as presents.

Exotic pets include animals such as snakes, frogs, non-native mammals, fish, reptiles and birds. Some of these animals are difficult to keep, can be dangerous to human health and pose threats to Colorado’s native wildlife and habitats. Specific regulations in Colorado govern the types of animals the public can own.

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