Only reptiles bred in captivity can be legally bought and sold. You’ll need to buy your native reptile pet from a licensed pet shop or licensed animal keeper. This helps ensure native animals are protected in their natural environment.
You can also join a reptile group (herpetological society) to meet other reptile keepers and find out how to care for your native pet.
Choose a reptile you want to keep from the NSW Native Animal Keepers’ Species List (PDF 956KB)
If the reptile you want isn’t on the list, it might be non-native/exotic or it might be a native animal not able to be kept as a pet. Only animals on the list can be kept as pets.
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.
What type of biodiversity conservation licence you get will depend on how many animals you want to keep and what type of animal you want. Work out what licence you need.