• Nonpoisonous reptiles and amphibians, except caimans and gavials
  • Rodents: Gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice, squirrels and chipmunks
  • Rabbits, hares, moles and shrews
  • Ferrets and chinchillas
  • Llamas, alpacas, guanacos, vicunas, camels, giraffes and bison
  • Avian species not otherwise listed, excluding North American game birds, ostriches and cassowary
  • Semi-domestic hogs, sheep and goats
  • All fish held in aquariums
  • Bovidae not otherwise listed
  • Marsupials (kangaroos, etc.)
  • Common domestic farm animals
  • Equidae (horses, etc.)
  • Primates not otherwise listed
  • Bobcat/domestic cat hybrids
  • Hybrids resulting from a cross between a Class II species and a domestic animal or Class III species
  • Cervidae, except white-tailed deer and wild elk. Elk originating from a legal source while held in captivity for the purpose of farming are regarded as Class III wildlife. All other elk are wild elk and are regarded as Class II wildlife. Anyone who has elk in captivity must have documentary evidence indicating the origin of the elk. This documentation has to be presented to the agents of the Department of Agriculture or the wildlife resource agency upon request. Sale documentation of offspring of purchased elk is not required.
  • Furbearing mammals, including those native to Tennessee, raised solely for the sale of fur

Native species that can only be kept at zoos

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Class IV: This class includes those native species that may be possessed only by zoos and temporary exhibitors.

  • Black bear
  • White-tailed deer
  • Wild turkey, including the eggs of wild turkey
  • Hybrids of a Class IV species, other than bobcat
  • Animals that are morphologically indistinguishable from native Class IV wildlife

Other provisions in Tennessee law

Class V: This class includes such species that the commission, in conjunction with the Commissioner of Agriculture, may designate by rules and regulations as injurious to the environment. Species so designated may only be held in zoos under such conditions as to prevent the release or escape of such wildlife into the environment.