901:1-4-12 Signs.

(A) Signs required by this rule shall be in capital letters, measuring at least three quarters of an inch in width and height; and, all lettering shall be black or red print on a white background.

(B) At each normal entrance onto property on which any dangerous wild animal or restricted snake is confined, the owner shall have continuously posted and displayed a conspicuous sign, clearly visible, and easily readable by the public, warning that there is a dangerous wild animal or restricted snake on the premises.

Signs shall state as appropriate:

(1) "WARNING: DANGEROUS WILD ANIMAL (S) ON PREMISES";

(2) "WARNING: VENOMOUS SNAKE (S) ON PREMISES"; or,

(3) "WARNING: LARGE CONSTRICTOR SNAKE (S) ON PREMISES".

(C) On each primary enclosure in which a dangerous wild animal is confined, the owner shall have continuously posted and displayed a conspicuous sign, clearly visible, and easily readable.

Signs shall state "WARNING: _______ ", with the last word to indicate the type of dangerous wild animal that is being confined. The type of animal may be preprinted on the sign or handwritten.

(D) On each primary enclosure in which a restricted snake is confined, the owner shall have continuously posted and displayed a conspicuous sign, clearly visible, and easily readable.

Signs shall state:

(1) "WARNING: _______ ", with the last word to indicate the type of restricted snake that is being confined. The type of snake may be preprinted on the sign or handwritten.; and,

(2) If the snake is venomous, the sign must also state "VENOMOUS SNAKE: If bitten, antivenom: _____ . TAKE THIS SIGN WITH YOU TO ASSIST IN MEDICAL TREATMENT.", and state the antivenom to be used in the case of a bite and the location of antivenom. If antivenom is kept at a hospital, the sign shall list emergency contact information for the hospital.

In case of venomous snake bite, the sign specified in this paragraph may be removed and taken with person requiring medical treatment. Sign must be replaced as soon as practical after medical emergency.

(E) Anytime a dangerous wild animal or restricted snake is transported by vehicle, the vehicle must have a sign conspicuously displayed that meets the same requirements for the signs posted outside the animal's cage or container in paragraphs (B) and (C) of this rule.

(F) Nothing in this rule precludes the dangerous wild animal owner or restricted snake owner from posting other signs, so long as the signs required by this rule are not obscured or rendered inconspicuous.

Effective: 07/18/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/18/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 935.17
Rule Amplifies: 935.17 , 935.18