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General Legislative Discussions Any general discussion concerning legislative issues or events. Not necessarily specific to a particular region, or even a type of animal group.

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Old 02-12-2015, 02:19 AM   #1
Clark County Nevada ACTION ALERT



Clark County is in the process of drafting and attempting to implement new animal regulations again. And this time it's a real doozy. They want to ban the captive breeding of ALL ANIMALS that are not dogs and cats. This will include all reptiles, amphibians, all fish, all birds and all small mammals such as sugar gliders, rabbits, chinchillas, and all rodents (hamsters, rats, mice). The regulation says ALL ANIMALS. This may or may not include INVERTEBRATES, depending on how the county defines animals. That would mean NO tarantulas, roaches, or crickets.

What does this MEAN TO YOU? It means if you own a pair of Leopard Geckos and you keep them together and the female lays eggs and you allow them to hatch, you have broken the law. If you breed Canaries and you allow them to stay together and babies hatch from this pairing, you have broken the law. If you have a fish tank full of Guppies and they make more Guppies, you will be in violation of county law. If you breed feeder rodents such as rats, mice, or rabbits you are breaking the law. If you legally collect a Gopher Snake and it lays eggs and you incubate and hatch them, you are a criminal according to these propose regulations. As mentioned, how they define ANIMAL is going to either make it legal or illegal to breed insects or other invertebrates. If it makes it illegal, then say goodbye to breeding crickets, roaches, spiders, tarantulas, meal worms, horned worms, and earthworms. Springtails will be forbidden. Same with fruit flies.

The SECOND PART OF THIS REGULATION BANS THE SELLING OF ANY ANIMAL BY PRIVATE PARTIES. That means ANY ANIMAL. If you get caught posting a Crested gecko for sale on Craig's list or on Face Book or on a web site you will be tracked down and arrested. If you invite friends to your home and sell them ANY ANIMAL you will be a criminal. You will not be able to sell any animal, period. No birds, no rats, no mice, no hamsters. NOTHING. NADA. ZIP. The only way you can legally sell anything is if you are a licensed business like a pet store. Some have claimed they can obtain a business license for their homes. Even though it might be possible, it is doubtful. You'll have to get a special use permit from the county first anyway. This means that all your neighbors and anyone that reads your license, which is provided to all the public by law, will know exactly what you have in your house. Your home will also be subject to open inspections by the police, animal control and the state.

Local pet stores in the area often depend on locally produced animals to sell in their stores. Most rats and mice are produced by home breeders, as are most feeder insect except for crickets. If this ban takes place, many stores will have to turn to outside of Nevada sources for feeders. This will cause a price increase across the board, meaning it will cost you more to provide food for your animals. Many pet stores also purchase bread and butter animals from local breeders such as Corn Snakes, King Snakes, Leopard Geckos, Crested Geckos and so on. Once again stores will be forced to purchase these animals out of state, causing another price increase.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Share this with as many people as you can. Ask Nevada local Face Book pages that deal with pets in any way to post and pin this to the top of their FB pages. You can also join the Facebook page Save our Exotics at This page is there to garner support and information about not only the county regulations, but also for state and other local law issues. Join in on the conversation, add ideas and give them your input. Join the Southern Nevada Herpetological Society ( and This group will keep you abreast on all things reptile and exotic going on in Nevada.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO? Keep up to date on the goings on around you. Check local government sites for anything they try to sneak in on us. And PLAN TO ATTEND ALL COUNTY, CITY AND STATE MEETINGS WHEN YOU ARE ASKED TO. There is strength in numbers, and we will need as many bodies as possible to attend these meetings and hearings. You may or may not want to publicly speak, and that's fine either way. But your presence will be noted by the people that run things, and that's very important.

ANOTHER THING YOU CAN DO is sit back, relax and do nothing. This is not a good option. I have learned in life to never expect to have anyone do anything for you. If this set of new regulations effects you in any way, it is your obligation to step up and do something about it. Here's your chance.

Thank you for reading and please SHARE." - SNHS

There will be a public meeting next Thursday. All pet owners and others affected should attend!

This text and information has been provided by the Southern Nevada Herpetological Society (SNHS). Please follow the links provided above for updates.

Contact information to voice your opposition:

By email:

By U.S. Mail at:
Clark County Animal Control
Attn: Jason Allswang
2911 East Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120

By hand delivery:
Clark County Animal Control
Attn: Jason Allswang
2911 East Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89120

By fax: (702) 407-6829

View the proposed ordinance at

View the public notice at

View a letter to local businesses at
Old 02-12-2015, 10:15 AM   #2
Big Borg Reptiles
What was the date on this? I know a while ago Nevada was pushing some animal law that basically banned owning cats and dogs, but they made some major revisions after they realized what they had written. Is this new and just a clark county thing? (we're in Reno so it wouldn't affect me, but still not good). The last one that I saw had been revised so that you basically couldn't own endangered species or tigers or things like that, but reptiles and the like were exempted.
Old 02-12-2015, 10:52 PM   #3
I got this e-mail on Wednesday. So I assume it's recent.
Old 02-13-2015, 12:01 AM   #4
Big Borg Reptiles
Interesting. That's not good at all if they're trying to push a new one already. Must be some people in NV politics with a stick up their butt for some reason, it doesn't bode well.
Old 03-07-2015, 01:57 AM   #5

I did read this, its sucks.
Old 12-08-2015, 01:10 AM   #6

Old 12-08-2015, 01:39 AM   #7
I think the county has bigger problems with drunk drivers, homeless people and drug addictions.
Old 12-08-2015, 04:18 PM   #8
Originally Posted by RaceSanchez View Post
Wow! That is incredibly restrictive and unreasonable!
I had no idea it was that bad in Nevada.
Selling of ALL animals, which includes giving away, is illegal without 4 separate licenses.

Owning 3 or more animals of any species (except fish and invertebrates) will require a “fancier permit.”

Permit only allows 6 animals of any species to be kept; Cost is $50-$500;
Process is incredibly difficult and time-consuming with no guaranteed approval; Requires annual renewal and inspection from animal control.

Snake species that reach over 6’ will require an expensive and hard to obtain permit. This applies to baby snakes.

These snakes will require expensive liability insurance.

It will be illegal to buy a snake of these species in Las Vegas and take it outside of the city.

Violators will be fined $500-$1,000 and may face up to six months in jail.

Old 12-10-2015, 07:24 PM   #9
It essentially id making it illegal to own herps. Coming to your town, county, state soon.

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