A List of Animals You Can Legally Own in Colorado

By Shawn Patrick on September 22, 2022
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There’s a story of a man in Northern Colorado getting attacked by a reindeer that has people around the state talking about what types of animals are legal to own here. Surprisingly reindeer aren’t the oddest animal on the list…

KDVR Denver put out the following list…

Domestic animals you can own

  • Alpaca
  • Donkey
  • Bison
  • Camel
  • Cats
  • Cattle
  • Chickens
  • Chinchilla
  • Dogs
  • Ducks
  • Emu
  • European ferrets
  • Fowl
  • Geese
  • Gerbils
  • Goats
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Llama
  • Mice
  • Mink
  • Ostrich
  • Peafowl
  • Pig
  • Pigeons
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Rhea
  • Reindeer
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Turkeys
  • Yak

Legal non-mammals:
You are legally allowed to own up to four of the following species:

  • Plains spadefoot toad
  • Woodhouse’s toad
  • Western chorus frog
  • Painted turtle
  • Sagebrush lizard
  • Tree lizard
  • Side-blotched lizard
  • Prairie and plateau lizards
  • Bullsnake
  • Western terrestrial garter snake
  • Lesser earless lizard
  • Western whiptail
  • Racer
  • Western hognose snake
  • Legal mammals

Legal mammals:

  • African pygmy hedgehog
  • Red Kangaroo
  • Short-tailed possum
  • Sugar gliders
  • Bennett wallaby
  • Dama wallaby
  • Swamp wallaby
  • Wallaroo

Now suddenly I really want a kangaroo!!