We were sitting around the lunch table at work, having one of those coworker conversations that meanders far and wide between subject matter when otters became the topic.

It appears that the husband of a coworker really wants to have an otter as a pet, and she very much so doesn't. In fact, she quickly told a little white lie that otters are illegal to own in Oklahoma.

Spoiler, Oklahoma is pretty pet friendly regardless of what you want to invite into your home with the correct permits and/or licenses. Even animals that are "explicitly forbidden" as pets can be had with the right paperwork.

As the conversation went on, others shared their odd stories of weird and wild pets they'd seen or had here in Oklahoma.

Camels, porcupines, aardvarks, kangaroos, etc... are the common "wild" animals most people see around the state, but the list of acceptable exotic pets is even more wild.

Of course, you're probably thinking about Joe Exotic and the number of tiger and big cat places to visit throughout the state. Some are still around but operate differently since the US passed the so-called Tiger King Bill banning private ownership and the pay-to-pet business model of big cats.

So how exotic can the pets still get in the Sooner State? The answer is rarely yes or no. In fact, with a lot of species the answer is no... unless you have the proper permit and/or license.

To add to the frustration, exotic pets and/or those requiring permits aren't a cut-and-dry subject in itself. There's very little information directly from the state, and the hundreds of websites trying to guide you through the exotic pet laws in Oklahoma tend to contradict each other... ie, what's legal on one site is illegal on the next... it's a major brain tease.

Luckily, there is a way to own just about any animal in the world in the state of Oklahoma, though it may not be appropriate or legal to refer to them as "pets" in every case. Bears and mountain lions come to mind, you'll see why below.

Weird and Wild Pets You Can Have In Oklahoma

When it comes to the topic of exotic and wild animals in Oklahoma, there is a very short list of things you can't own as a pet... but there are ways around almost all the red tape in the Sooner State.

The Frozen Wichita Mountains

When Southwest Oklahoma gets a rare blizzard with serious snowfall, the mountains take on a fresh and stunning look. It's something we all get to experience thanks to the video and camera work of a few awesome locals with a stellar YouTube channel, The Pemberton Boys. They flew their drones and explored the mountains across SWOK while the views were grand, putting it online for everyone to enjoy.

The Beauty Of Southwest Oklahoma

Too many people spend too much time complaining about being in Southwest Oklahoma. If only they'd shut their mouths and open their eyes from time to time, then they'd see the true beauty of this place.

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