Keeping reptiles as pets
The most important things to know when considering keeping a reptile as a pet (in Western Australia) are:
- It is illegal to take a reptile out of the wild to keep as a pet. All reptiles must be obtained through another licensed reptile keeper or someone with the appropriate 'Takers License' and only reptiles gazetted as approved for keeping. Click here to find a list of approved reptiles.
- You must first have an appropriate Reptile Keepers License before buying a reptile. Click here to find out more about applying for a reptile license.
- Prior to buying a reptile, it is ideal to decide on the type of reptile you want to keep. Every different type of snake/reptile has its own unique requirements including; enclosure (size, shape, height / width), lighting, heating, nutritional requirements. Purchase the housing to fit with the exact type of reptile you plan to keep. Click here to find out more about reptile husbandry
- Reptiles in captivity can have a long lifespan, are you prepared for a long-term commitment?
- Do plenty of research. Do you know exactly what food your chosen reptile needs for the size animal you are purchasing? Are you prepared to feed your snake a dead mouse/rat or even rabbit?
- When you purchase the reptile you need to prepare the correct paperwork to transfer the reptile. This can be done via the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions website or through a Licensed Reptile Dealer. We can help you, contact us for all your transfer requirements. Click here to email us.
Ultimately reptiles make GREAT pets. Just remember to do lots of research and you (and your new pet) will have a wonderful long life together.