South Essex: The Dangerous Animals in Your District


An interactive map has revealed the exotic and dangerous animals privately owned in South Essex.

From monkeys to dangerous and venomous snakes to lizards, there are many animals classified as dangerous and likely some in your area.

The International Animal Welfare Charity Born Free interactive map shows the animals in every district across the country.

We all know the Tiger King from Netflix and great owners in the US, but here in Essex a lot of wild animals are kept in private homes.

The charity believes there are tens of thousands of exotic pets in the UK that are owned by private individuals.


In 2021, Born Free revealed that under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976, nearly 4,000 dangerous wild animals are privately and legally kept in the UK, including at least 320 wild cats, 274 primates and 508 venomous snakes.

Castle Point has: 3 Capuchin Monkeys, 1 Broad Banded Copperheads, 2 Panamint Rattlesnakes, 1 Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, 4 Aruba Island Rattlesnakes, 1 Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, 2 Pearl Lizard, 2 Indochinese Spitting Cobras, 3 Monocled Cobras, 1 Snouted Cobra, 3 Tree vipers of the Pope.


In Rochford there are: 1 bush viper, 2 Sri Lankan pit vipers, 1 Orlova viper.

According to the charity in Southend, there are: 2 Copperhead Snakes, 1 Cape Coral Cobra, 1 Gaboon Viper, 1 Eyelash Viper, 1 Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, 1 Sidewinder, 1 Neo Tropical Rattlesnake, 1 Prairie Rattlesnake, 1 Monocled Cobra, 1 Pygmy Rattlesnake, 1 white-lipped viper, 1 Waglers temple pit viper, 1 sand viper.


There are 131 wild boars in Braintree

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