OSHKOSH, Wis. — The Oshkosh Humane Society has taken in two exotic animals they say are illegal to own in Oshkosh.
One of the animals is a 10-foot-long Burmese Python. The other is a dwarf caiman, a small reptile which the Human Society describes as a crocodilian in the alligator family native to northern and central South America.
The Oshkosh Humane Society took these two animals in on March 23. The organization says they are not equipped to safely house exotic animals long-term, so their staff reached out to the Madison Area Herpetological Society, a group that focuses on reptiles and amphibians.
The Oshkosh Humane Society says there are no statewide restrictions on owning exotic animals. Each town and city have their own restrictions and rules regarding exotic pets.
"Sadly, the standard level of care most exotics can expect to receive in the average home is neglect," OAHS Admissions Manager Cari Tetzlaff says in a news release. "These species have specific housing, dietary and general care needs that can be difficult for the average person to provide."
Prospective pet owners are asked to check regulations in your area before adopting exotic animals.