Living with wildlife
Many people legally possess exotic wildlife species such as parrots, ferrets, and many species of frogs, snakes, and turtles as pets. These animals are called non-native species because they do not occur naturally in Oregon. If you choose to possess these animals as pets, please take responsibility for them and do not release them into the wild.
Introduced exotic species may prey on or compete with native species for food and shelter, and may carry diseases for which native animals have no immunity.
Several non-native species that have been released by their owners, such as the bullfrog and the red-eared slider turtle, have become established in this part of the country and have had a significant negative impact on our native wildlife population.
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