Texas Information

Potential and current vendors, please review these pages to become familiar with Repticon’s rules and show schedule, and also to review State and local laws and requirements. You may also register for tables using our online form or contact a Vendor Coordinator at the Booking Office.

Bookings Office Hours:
10:00am-4:00pm EST
407- 734-EXPO
[email protected]

Texas Rules & Information

These Rules & Information are provided as a convenience to Repticon vendors and exhibitors, and may not be comprehensive for every animal. Each vendor is responsible for researching and complying with all current laws regarding their animals.

Texas Regulations

A permit is required to sell reptiles native to Texas ($63 for Texas residents, $252 for out of state vendors.)

Click here for a list of Texas species salable with permit (the “White List”) and here for a list of species not salable even with permit (the “Black List”.)

Any animal on the “white” list would need a permit through the City of Grapevine Animal Services. The vendors can email us at [email protected]grapevinetexas.gov to request the wild animal permit packet.”

Permit applications, FAQ, and all information may be reviewed and downloaded under Commercial Non-game Permits, via the link here:

Click here to download the Texas Parks & Wildlife regulations regarding the Commercial Non-game Permit.

The sale of all non-native venomous snakes and select large constrictors requires a $60 Controlled Exotic Snake Permit (License #581) available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold, and the possession of these snakes requires a $20 permit (License #580) to be obtained within 21 days of purchase, also available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Click here for complete information on these permits.

Turtles and Tortoises may be sold and transported if they are collected legally (with proof) and with the proper non game permit.

Link to Turtles and Tortoise Regulations

Link to Permit Application

For additional information on Texas laws, please contact:

Texas Parks & Wildlife
4200 Smith School Rd.
Austin, TX 78744
Toll Free – 800-792-1112
Phone – 512-389-4800
Wildlife Dept. 512-389-4505

City of Pasadena Regulations (Houston Area Show)

Tarantulas and other non-venomous invertebrates are now allowed to be sold in Pasadena.

Restricted Animals: No snakes over 6 feet may be sold within the city limits. However, smaller snakes of species that may grow to 6 feet or longer may be sold as long as the buyer is aware of the snake’s growth potential and the restriction on snakes over 6 feet within the Pasadena city limits. Monitor lizards, venomous species, alligators, crocodiles, caymans, scorpions, and live rats are not allowed within the city limits.

No Sales of Dogs or Cats.

Pet Shop Permit: All vendors selling live animals must obtain a Pasadena Pet Shop Permit ($100) issued by Pasadena Animal Control. Click here to download the permit application, fill in the first three lines (depending on the .pdf viewer that you are using, you may need to click on each field below the first three lines for the autofill to appear), and either mail, e-mail, or fax the completed form to Karen Hoffman with Animal Control (contact information below.) Animal Control will be present during show load-in to inspect vendor booths and issue permits (vendors loading in on Saturday morning may not sell animals until Animal Control has inspected their booth on Saturday morning.) Permits may be paid for by cash or check during inspection at the show. Animal control requests that permit applications be submitted a week prior to the show to allow enough time for each application to be processed.

For additional information on Pasadena regulations and requirements, or to submit a Pet Shop Permit application, please contact:

Robert Acosta – Animal Control Officer – 281-991-0602
Animal Control – City of Pasadena, TX
5150 Burke Rd. Pasadena TX. 77504

Fax: 281-991-6981

[email protected]

City of El Paso Regulations (El Paso Show)

Larry Brunt
Animal Control
915-842-1031 ofc 915-433-8476 cell
[email protected]

Sale of certain baby chickens, ducks, or other fowl under three weeks old; rabbits under two months old; or viable turtle eggs and live turtles with a carapace (shell) length of less than four inches (all animals commonly known as turtles, tortoises, terrapins, and all other animals of the order Testudinata) are prohibited.

Every animal establishment shall maintain accurate records of all transactions, shows and exhibitions involving animals, which records shall show the date, type of animal, type of activity, and parties to any transaction or transfer of an animal. Such records shall be kept for two years and will be made available upon demand to the program.

Animals shall be kept under sanitary conditions so as not to endanger the public or animal health nor create a nuisance.

City of Taylor

Registration and Permits


Contact for Taylor Animal Control
Physical Address:
701 E. 4th St.
Taylor, TX 76574
Phone: 512-352-5483
Animal Control Officer
Millissa Jenkins
Restrictions for those residing with the City Limits of Taylor: Commercial selling, grooming, breeding, showing, exhibiting or the boarding of animals requires a city permit.

Taylor Residents: exotic animals are not permitted within city limits. Please check your local ordinances. 

Restricted Animals: No venomous, no crocodilians, for exotic animal restrictions, please review ordinances here

City of Lubbock

City of Lubbock Animal Services
(806) 775-2058 (shelter)

Permit required: Animal Establishment, Pet Shop, or Animal Dealer Permit – Fee $90

It shall be a violation for any business or person to sell, offer for sale, give away, offer to give away, or otherwise transfer ownership of any animal without first obtaining an animal establishment or animal dealer permit, unless such activity is authorized by some other section of this chapter.

Restricted Animals: No Venomous, Crocodilians or Alligators, and animals deemed “Dangerous Wild Animals” (typically zoo animals)
For more information contact Animal Services above or Visit: http://www.mylubbock.us/departmental-websites/departments/animal-services/home

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