City Ordinance of the Day – No Pet Elephants


Prohibited animal:

(1) Any animal not normally born and raised in captivity, including but not limited to the following:

  • Class Reptilia: Family Helodermatidae (venomous lizards) and Family Hydrophiidae (venomous marine snakes); Family Viperidae (rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, pit vipers and true vipers); Family Elapidae (coral snakes, cobras, and mambas); the following listed species of Family Colubridae-Dispholidus typus (Boomslang), Hyrodynastes gigas (water cobra), Boiga (mangrove snake), and Thelotornis (African twig snake) only; Order Phidia, Family Boidae (racers, boas, water snakes, and pythons); Order Crocodilia (such as crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gavials);
  • Class Aves: Order Falconiforms (such as hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures);

texarkana_elephantc. Class Mammalia: Order Carnivores,

  • Family Felidea (such as lions, tigers, bobcats, jaguars, ocelots, leopards and cougars), except commonly domesticated cats;
  • Family Canidae (such as wolves, wolf-dog hybrids, dingos, coyotes, foxes and jackals), and any hybrid of an animal listed in this section except commonly domesticated dogs;
  • Family Mustelida (such as weasels, skunks, martens, minks, badgers and otters) except ferrets
  • Family Procyonidae (such as raccoons and coati);
  • Family Ursidae (such as bears);
  • Marsupialia (such as kangaroos, opossums, koala bears, wallabys, bandicoots, and wombats);
  • Chiroperta (bats);
  • Edentata (such as sloths, anteaters, and armadillo);
  • Probosidea (elephants);
  • Primata (such as monkeys, chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas);
  • Rodentia (such as beavers and porcupines); and
  • Ungulata (such as antelope, deer, bison and camels);

Class Amphibi: Poisonous frogs.

e. Class Insecta: Poisonous insects.

(2)  Does not include livestock, fowl or common household pets.

(3)  Animals not listed: An animal control officer may declare any species of animal not listed in this subsection as “prohibited” if the confinement of the animal within the city can be shown to constitute a threat to public health and safety.

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