Notes on reptiles as pets in WA

WARNING: Never leave your pet in the sun unattended!!


Reptiles and amphibians are primarily terrarium animals that have been kept as pets for years in other Australian states as well as throughout most of the world. In WA it is new as from 7 March '03. A WASAH survey found the most popular reptiles wanted by keepers to be (in descending order), pygmy goannas, geckos, pythons, dragon lizards and skinks.


Harmless native reptiles are state of the art pets. Why?

        They are easy to look after.

        They donít make much noise.

        They donít dig up the garden.

        They donít leave hair all over the lounge.

        They donít require feeding every day.

        They donít need looking after by the neighbours when owner goes away.

        They donít smell much.

        They donít need much room.

        They discourage unwanted visitors such as inlaws, salespeople, burglars, etc.

        They are therapeutic.

        They feel great.


Other benefits of keeping are -

        They allow the keeper to connect with the importance of protecting habitats.

        They allow for more positive attitudes towards this group to flow into the community through wider contact.

        They allow the knowledge base on these native animals to be rapidly broadened (NSW Minister for Environment stated that 80% of our knowledge on reptiles has been contributed to by amateur herpetologists).

        They allow people to source alternatives to exotic animals.

        They allow those with allergies to source a pet that is non-allergenic, apart from a fish.

        They allow those with hearing impediments to source a pet with an affinity Ė both have little dependence on the sense of hearing.



        Licensing is a requirement, with attached conditions.

        Reptiles can only be sourced from licensed dealers.

        They wont be cheap Ďthrow-awayí pets.

        Snakes readily feed on dead food - it is forbidden under licence conditions to feed pets live vertebrates.

        CALM will continue to vigorously pursue illegal activities involving native fauna.

        Demand will exceed supply initially.

        Many pet shops will stock the required peripheral keeping paraphernalia.

        Care sheets will be available.

        Safeguards are in place to exclude children and novices from sourcing dangerously venomous snakes.


The new regulations were published in the Govt. Gazzette back in September '02 and the species lists on 7th March '03. It is all systems go!!!



7 March 2003 - You ripper! The new keeping system is in place now