Garter Snake Species Found in Nova Scotia
Legal Status in Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia population of Northern Ribbon Snakes is listed as threatened on Canada’s Species at Risk Public Registry and on the province’s Species at Risk List Regulations. The provincial Endangered Species Act prohibits its killing, collection, possession, harassment and so forth. A captive wildlife permit would normally be required for native wildlife; such permits are not normally issued unless the animal cannot be returned to the wild. Permits are not normally required for exotic animals bought through pet stores.
The keeping of native and exotic wildlife may be subject to local by-laws and ordinances, as well as other laws at the provincial or federal level not mentioned here. This page is not a definitive source. Please consult the authorities in your area.
For more information on the legal status of reptiles and amphibians in Canada, please visit CARCNET’s Legal Protection for Amphibians and Reptiles page.