What if You Are Caught With a Capuchin in Florida?

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Florida's mild climate provides an ideal environment for species of non-native wildlife -- including capuchin monkeys -- to survive should they escape captivity. Florida is one of only 15 states that allows you to keep one of the tiny "organ-grinder" monkeys as a pet, providing you get a valid class 3 mammal license from the state.

Ownership Requirements

Florida's class 3 mammal license requires you to show adequate knowledge and proper care and containment of your capuchin monkey. The no-cost license permits you to sell, buy, transport or possess a capuchin.

Illegal Possession

If you are found to have a capuchin illegally, the state can impound your monkey if you are not providing conditions that comply with the requirements for ownership. You may pay fines up to $50 for a first offense and $250 for a repeat offense, as well as being required to get the class 3 license or surrender ownership.

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A former world-class swimmer, J.T. O'Connell shares her love of adventure travel, extreme sports and pets through thousands of published articles. O'Connell studied journalism at Grand Canyon University, and brings professional experience as a tour guide and travel consultant. She authors the blog, Traveling With Large Dogs.