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Er Øben lovligt i Canada?

Alt efter hvor du befinder dig, du kan eller måske ikke være i stand til at holde en Øben som kæledyr i Canada.

British Columbia tillader besiddelse af de fleste Øben, som er almindeligt forekommende i dyrehandelen, med nogle undtagelser.

Nogle af de mest populære kæledyr Øben, such as Ackie skærme (Varanus acanthurus), Savannah skærme (Varanus exanthematicus), og Timor Monitors (Varanus timorensis) are generally allowed.

Mindre arter af firben er tilladt i British Columbia, men ikke i Toronto
Mindre arter af firben er tilladt i British Columbia.

This is however not the case for Ontario, and the regulations can vary from city to city.

For eksempel, Toronto has stricter regulations that prevent all species of Monitor lizards to be kept as pet.

If you are planning to adopt a pet Monitor, make sure to check your local regulations.

Below is a list of Monitor lizard species that are prohibited to keep in Canada (including BC):

  • Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
  • Nilen Monitor (Varanus niloticus)
  • Perentie Monitor (Varanus giganteus)
  • Variegated Monitor (Varus Varus)
  • Vandmonitor (Varanus frelser)
  • Bengal Monitor (Varanus bengalensis)
  • Krokodillemonitor (Varanus salvadori)

All these species of Monitor lizards are illegal to own, breed and transport anywhere in Canada.

If a species is not listed above, det may be allowed, but a permit may be required depending on its size and your specific area of residence.

  • Ackie skærm (Varanus acanthurus)
  • Savannah Monitor (Varanus exanthematicus)
  • Asiatisk vandmonitor (Varanus frelser)
  • Pygmy Mulga Monitor (Varanus gilleni)
  • Timor Monitor (Varanus timorensis)
  • Any other Varanidae not listed as a prohibited species

Restricted species of monitor lizards can be owned, bred and transported without a permit if they are smaller than two metres (this is usually the case for smaller species like Ackie monitors).

A permit is required if the lizard reaches a length of over two metres as an adult.

All species of Monitor lizards, regardless of size, cannot be released in the wild under any circumstances.

Again, regulations vary between regions and sometimes even cities.

Source: List of Controlled Alien Species in British Columbia (Updated December 2012)

desværre, it is not possible to legally own a Monitor lizard in Toronto.

This is in accordance to the TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 349, ANIMALS which states that the following animals are prohibited:


Crocodylia (such as alligators, krokodiller, 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


Sadly, all Monitor lizards fall into one or both of the categories highlighted above.

Even though most Monitors that are kept as pets do not reach 2 metres in length as adults, all species are venomous and therefore forbidden in Toronto.

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