Harbert said the reasoning behind the ordinance is to make sure officials are aware of the types of animals within city limits so they can take the proper steps in the event an animal escapes.
"We're not saying they can't have these exotic pets; we just want to be aware of it," she said.
"We're just trying to protect our citizens."
Those who own or want to own the animals described in the ordinance are now required to register the animals at city hall and pay a fee of $50.
Should someone be found to own one of the animals covered by the ordinance without a license, they will have to pay a $100-per-day fine until they obtain the license.
The new ordinance went into effect following its passage Tuesday night.
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