According to Fish Channel, it is legal to own a stringray as a pet in all states except Arizona, California, Texas, Georgia, Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Mississippi. Because there may be other regulations and restrictions on the legality of a specific species, prospective owners need to check with their local governments.Know More
Because there are so many restrictions on buying and selling non-native species of stingrays, the easiest way to buy one is through the Internet. Native species are easier to obtain and are more likely to be legal.
The California stingray is one of the native species that are legal to own in most states. It is found largely in southern California, though it ranges from northern California all the way south to Panama. This fish is disc-shaped and comes in mottled brown and gray colors with a pale underside. It is unique for its true tail fin, rare among other species of stingrays, which has a spine on the end that is venomous.
These stingrays need to be fed a diet of meaty seafood, such as fish and shrimp. They need to be kept in a tank that holds at least 75 gallons of water, kept at a temperature between 54 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Although a stingray can be kept in a tank with other fish, it may eat smaller species.Learn more about Aquatic Pets
Pet sharks are available in the United States from aquarium specialty stores or online retailers. Aquarium specialty stores like Aquarium & Pets Emporium in Florida are most likely to carry sharks; pet store chains such as Petco and PetSmart do not.Full Answer >
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According to a Guttmacher Report on Public Policy prepared by Cynthia Dailard and Elizabeth Nash on December 2000, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota and Utah are some of the states that require drug testing in newborns. Depending on the jurisdiction, a positive infant drug test can trigger requirements for the mother to seek treatment or result in a suspension or even withdrawal of parental rights.Full Answer >
Each state has its own laws on what animals a resident may own as a pet, according to About.com, and some states do specifically restrict foxes as pets. Alabama says "no" to foxes at pets. Arkansas limits ownership to six red foxes or gray foxes. California also restricts nondomestic canines.Full Answer >