Register Your Reptiles and Amphibians!

Photo courtesy of Virginia DWR

From the Virgnia Department of Wildlife Resources: If you are a Virginia resident and are in possession of any species of reptile and amphibian that is 1) native or naturalized to Virginia and 2) was in your personal possession before July 1, 2021, you need to register your animals with the Virginia Reptile and Amphibian Registry. These conditions apply to all animals regardless of origin (wild-caught or captive-bred), as well as animals obtained outside of Virginia. Individuals holding Exhibitor and/or Educator permits should also register their animals in the event you choose not to renew your permit in the future. Cornsnake morphs (ghost, snow, fancy, and other nonnative variations) and albino animals do not need to be registered. This registry will only be open until December 31, 2021. If you have any questions, please email  [email protected]. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated.

For individuals with a Hold & Sell permit, which is required to captively breed and sell certain native species, the DWR will be removing scarlet kingsnake and mole kingsnake from the list and adding Northern pinesnake. The Agency will also be lifting the ban on the sale and possession of Mexican axolotls. These changes became effective August 1.

Learn more here.