Native reptiles are protected by law so if you want to keep a native reptile as a pet you’ll need a biodiversity conservation licence granted under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 from the Department of Planning and Environment (National Parks and Wildlife Service).
It is illegal to keep exotic (non-native) reptiles.
Protecting native reptiles
It’s against the law (Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016) to take native reptiles from the wild or release unwanted ones.
Taking animals from the wild, or even your backyard, can cause local extinctions. Dumped animals can spread disease and suffer from starvation or predation.
Pet native reptiles must be bought from licensed dealers or breeders.
Licensing helps us:
- protect our unique reptile species and their ecosystems
- keep animals and their owners safe
- abide by NSW laws.
There are different types of licence depending on how many animals you have and how difficult they are to keep.
You’ll need to demonstrate your experience and training if you’re planning to keep venomous reptiles.
Get the right licence
Native reptiles that can be kept as pets are each classed as R1, R2, R3, R4 and/or R5. The right type of biodiversity conservation licence for you will depend on how many animals you want to keep and what type of animal you want.