Keeping reptiles and Amphibians in Australia. A state by state list of permits

Keeping reptiles and Amphibians in Australia. A state by state list of permits

At Petwave, we understand the allure of keeping reptiles and amphibians as pets. These unique creatures offer a different kind of companionship and can be a delight to observe and care for. However, it's crucial to know which species are allowed to be kept as pets to ensure you're complying with local regulations and providing the best care possible.

Why Reptiles and Amphibians Make Great Pets

Reptiles and amphibians can be fascinating pets for a variety of reasons:

  • Low Maintenance: Many species require minimal daily care compared to traditional pets.
  • Educational: They offer an excellent opportunity to learn about biology, ecosystems, and animal behavior.
  • Hypoallergenic: Reptiles and amphibians are a great alternative for people with allergies to fur or feathers.

Allowed Species of Reptiles and Amphibians

The list of permissible species varies by region, and it is essential to consult local regulations. Here, we provide an overview of some commonly allowed reptiles and amphibians, but always check the specific guidelines from your local authorities.

  1. Bearded Dragons (Pogona spp.)

    • Known for their friendly and docile nature, bearded dragons are one of the most popular pet reptiles.
  2. Rough knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus aspe)

    • These small, colorful lizards are easy to care for and have charming personalities
  3. Children’s Python (Liasis childreni)

    • If you are looking for a unique, fascinating, and easy-to-care-for pet snake, the Children’s Python is definitely worth considering

Important Considerations

When choosing a reptile or amphibian, it's crucial to consider:

  • Habitat Requirements: Each species has specific needs regarding temperature, humidity, and space.
  • Diet: Ensure you can provide the appropriate diet, which may include live insects or specialized food.
  • Lifespan: Some reptiles and amphibians can live for several decades, so be prepared for a long-term commitment.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

Keeping reptiles and amphibians as pets comes with legal and ethical responsibilities. It's vital to ensure you're acquiring your pet legally and that it's ethically sourced. Wild-caught animals often face numerous health issues and can impact wild populations negatively.

For a comprehensive list of species allowed in your area and licence information please refer to these websites

How to apply for a Native Animal Keeping Licence | Environment, land and water | Queensland Government (

Reptile keeper licences | NSW Environment and Heritage

Private wildlife licences | (

Department for Environment and Water - Wildlife permits

Herpetofauna in Tasmania | Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (

Fauna Licences | Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (

Wildlife permits | NT.GOV.AU

Licensing of plants and animals - Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate - Environment (

Reptiles and amphibians can make extraordinary pets, offering a unique and rewarding experience. At Petwave, we're here to support you in your journey, providing information and resources to ensure you and your pet thrive together. Always research thoroughly and consult local regulations to ensure you're making the best choice for both you and your potential pet.

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