Omaha City Code

Please note as of January of 2004 that the Omaha City Code regarding pets has changed. The Nebraska Herpetological Society was able to get the snake length limit increased from 6 feet to 8 feet. This means that several snakes that were banned under the old limits are now permitted. The list below has been updated.

What this city ordinance means is that the following types of animals are not permitted to be kept in Omaha: venomous lizards, lizards that exceed 5 feet in length as adults (it does not matter what the actual individual size of the animal is, if the average length of adults exceeds 5 feet), venomous snakes, snakes that exceed 8 feet as adults (again, hatchlings of these animals are not permitted).

Specifically, the following animals are not permitted in Omaha (Please note: this list may not be exhaustive, and you should consider the above types of animals for evaluating the legality of any animal not included in this list):

Venomous Snakes

  • All Species

Non-Venomous Snakes

  • Paupan python (Apodora papuan)
  • Peruvian black-tailed boa (Boa constrictor constrictor)
  • Guyana red-tailed boa (B. c. constrictor)
  • Suriname red-tailed boa (B. c. constrictor)
  • Argentine boa (Boa constrictor occidentalis)
  • Green anaconda (Eunestes murinus)
  • Yellow anaconda (Eunestes notaeus)
  • Oenpelli python (Liasis oenpelliensis)
  • Olive python (Liasis olivaceous)
  • Amethystine python (Morelia amathystina)
  • Bar-neck amethystine python (Morelia amathystina sp.)
  • Boelens python (Morelia boeleni)
  • Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus)
  • Tiger reticulated python (Python reticulatus)
  • Reticulated python (Python reticulatus)
  • Dwarf reticulated python (Python reticulatus)
  • African rock python (Python sabae sabae)


  • Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum)
  • Mexican beaded lizard (Heloderma exasperatum)
  • Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis)
  • Gray's monitor (Varanus olivaceous)
  • Blackthroat monitor (Varanus albigularis)
  • Gould's/Sand monitor (Varanus gouldi)
  • Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus)
  • Green iguana (Iguana iguana)
  • Water monitor (Varanus salvator)
  • Lace monitor (Varanus varius)
  • Perentie (Varanus giganteus)
  • Crocodile monitor (Varanus salvadori)


  • All Species
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