Are piranhas legal in Virginia?

4VAC15-30-40. Importation Requirements, Possession and Sale of Nonnative (Exotic) Animals.

A. Permit required. A special permit is required and may be issued by the department, if consistent with the department's fish and wildlife management program, to import, possess, or sell those nonnative (exotic) animals listed below and in 4VAC15-20- 210 that the board finds and declares to be predatory or undesirable within the meaning and intent of § 29.1-542 of the Code of Virginia, in that their introduction into the Commonwealth will be detrimental to the native fish and wildlife resources of Virginia.

Order: Cypriniformes

Family: Characidae


Pygopristis spp.
Pygocentrus spp.
Rooseveltiella spp.
Serrasalmo spp.
Serrasalmus spp.
Taddyella spp.

Common Name: Piranhas


Nongame Fish, Reptile, Amphibian and Aquatic Invertebrate Regulations
Board of Wildlife Resources Meeting Materials - August 20, 2020