Skunks are not allowed to be kept as pets.

In Prince William County, the laws state you may not have a pet skunk.

Sec. 4-69. Definitions.


For purposes of this article, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:

Animal shall include any live vertebrate creature, domestic or wild, not to include birds.

Pet shall mean any animal kept for pleasure rather than utility.

Vicious animal shall mean any animal or animals that constitute a physical threat to human beings or other animals but shall not include guard dogs.

Wild or exotic animal shall mean any live monkey (nonhuman primate), raccoon, skunk, wolf, squirrel, fox, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx or any other warm-blooded animal, poisonous snake or tarantula which can normally be found in the wild state or any other member of crocodilian, including but not limited to alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and gavials. Ferrets, nonpoisonous snakes, rabbits and laboratory rats which have been bred in captivity and which never have known the wild shall be excluded from this definition.

(No. 83-1006, 12-20-83)


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