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California Code, Fish and Game Code - FGC § 2118

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It is unlawful to import, transport, possess, or release alive into this state, except under a revocable, nontransferable permit as provided in this chapter and the regulations pertaining thereto, any wild animal of the following species:


Class Aves: (birds)

Family Cuculidae (cuckoos)

All Species.

Family Alaudidae (larks)

Skylark, Alauda arvensis

Family Corvidae (crows, jays, magpies)

All species.

Family Turdidae (thrushes)

European blackbird, Turdus merula

Missel (or mistle), thrush, Turdus viscivorus

Family Sturnidae (starlings and mynas or mynahs)

All species of the family, except hill myna (or hill mynah),

Gracula religiosa (sometimes referred to as Eulabes religiosa)

Family Ploceidae (weavers)

The following species:

Spanish sparrow, Passer hispaniolensis

Italian sparrow, Passer italiae

European tree sparrow, Passer montanus

Cape sparrow, Passer capensis

Madagascar weaver, Foudia madagascariensis

Baya weaver, Ploceus baya

Hawaiian rice bird, Munia nisoria

Red-billed quelea, Quelea quelea

Red-headed quelea, Quelea erythrops

Family Fringillidae (sparrows, finches, buntings)

Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella


Class Mammalia (mammals)

Order Primates

All species except those in family Hominidae

Order Edentata (sloths, anteaters, armadillos, etc.)

All species.

Order Marsupialia (marsupials or pouched mammals)

All species.

Order Insectivora (shrews, moles, hedgehogs, etc.)

All species.

Order Dermoptera (gliding lemurs)

All species.

Order Chiroptera (bats)

All species.

Order Monotremata (spiny anteaters, platypuses)

All species.

Order Pholidota (pangolins, scaly anteaters)

All species.

Order Lagomorpha (pikas, rabbits, hares)

All species, except domesticated races of rabbits.

Order Rodentia (rodents)

All species, except domesticated golden hamsters, also known as Syrian hamster, Mesocricetus auratus; domesticated races of rats or mice ( white or albino; trained, dancing or spinning, laboratory-reared); and domestic strains of guinea pig (Cavia porcellus).

Order Carnivora (carnivores)

All species, except domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and domestic cats (Felis catus).

Order Tubulidentata (aardvarks)

All species.

Order Proboscidea (elephants)

All species.

Order Hyracoidea (hyraxes)

All species.

Order Sirenia (dugongs, manatees)

All species.

Order Perissodactyla (horses, zebras, tapirs, rhinoceroses, etc.)

All species except those of the family Equidae.

Order Artiodactyla (swine, peccaries, camels, deer, elk, except elk (genus Cervus) which are subject to Section 2118.2, moose, antelopes, cattle, goats, sheep, etc.)

All species except: domestic swine of the family Suidae; American bison, and domestic cattle, sheep and goats of the family Bovidae; races of big-horned sheep (Ovis canadensis) now or formerly indigenous to this state.

Mammals of the orders Primates, Edentata, Dermoptera, Monotremata, Pholidota, Tubulidentata, Proboscidea, Perissodactyla, Hyracoidea, Sirenia and Carnivora are restricted for the welfare of the animals, except animals of the families Viverridae and Mustelidae in the order Carnivora are restricted because such animals are undesirable and a menace to native wildlife, the agricultural interests of the state, or to the public health or safety.


Class amphibia (frogs, toads, salamanders)

Family Bufonidae (toads)

Giant toad or marine toad, Bufo marinus


Class Monorhina (lampreys)

All species.


Class Osteichthyes (bony fishes)

Family Serranidae (bass)

White perch, Morone or Roccus americana

Family Clupeidae (herring)

Gizzard shad, Dorosoma cepedianum

Family Sciaenidae (croakers)

Freshwater sheepshead, Aplodinotus grunniens

Family Characidae (characins)

Banded tetra, Astyanax fasciatus

All species of piranhas

Family Lepisosteidae (gars)

All species.

Family Amiidae (bowfins)

All species.


Class Reptilia (snakes, lizards, turtles, alligators)

Family Crocodilidae

All species.


Class Crustacea (crustaceans)

Genus Cambarus (crayfishes)

All species.

Genus Astacus (crayfishes)

All species.

Genus Astacopsis (crayfishes)

All species.


Class Gastropoda (slugs, snails, clams)

All species of slugs.

All species of land snails.


Other classes, orders, families, genera, and species of wild animals which may be designated by the commission in cooperation with the Department of Food and Agriculture, (1) when the class, order, family, genus, or species is proven to be undesirable and a menace to native wildlife or the agricultural interests of the state, or (2) to provide for the welfare of wild animals.


Except as expressly authorized in this code, any live nonindigenous Atlantic salmon or the roe thereof into the Smith River watershed.


Classes, families, genera, and species in addition to those listed in this section may be added to or deleted from the above lists from time to time by commission regulations in cooperation with the Department of Food and Agriculture.

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