Animal Services

Prohibited Animals

The following animals are prohibited in the City of Toronto as per Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349, Animals.  The fine for having a prohibited animal is $240.

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Artiodactyla (such as cattle, goats, sheep, pigs)

Canidae (such as coyotes, wolves, foxes, hybrid wolf dogs) except dogs

Chiroptera (bats such as fruit bats, myotis, flying foxes)

Edentates (such as anteaters, sloths, armadillos)

Felidae (such as tigers, leopards, cougars) except cats

Hyaenidae (such as hyenas)

Lagomorpha (such as hares, pikas) except rabbits

Marsupials (such as kangaroos, opossums, wallabies) except sugar gliders derived from self-sustaining captive populations

Mustelidae (such as mink, skunks, weasels, otters, badgers) except ferrets

Non-human primates (such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, lemurs)

Perissodactyla (such as horses, donkeys, jackasses, mules)

Proboscidae (elephants)

Procyonidae (such as coatimundi, cacomistles, raccoons)

Rodentia (such as porcupines and prairie dogs) except rodents which do not exceed 1,500 grams and are derived from self-sustaining captive populations

Ursidae (bears)

Viverridae (such as mongooses, civets, genets)


Anseriformes (such as ducks, geese, swans, screamers)

Galliformes (such as chickens, pheasants, grouse, guinea fowls, turkeys)

Struthioniformes (flightless ratites such as ostriches, rheas, cassowaries, emus, kiwis)


Crocodylia (such as alligators, crocodiles, gavials)

All snakes which reach an adult length larger than 3 metres

All lizards which reach an adult length larger than 2 metres


All venomous and poisonous animals 

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