Some reptiles, especially large or venomous species, may require permits or licenses to keep as pets due to safety concerns. Additionally, some jurisdictions have restrictions on owning certain types of reptiles to protect local ecosystems or prevent the spread of invasive species.

In many places, it is generally allowed to keep non-protected native reptiles as pets, provided that they are acquired legally and that you adhere to any applicable regulations. However, it is important to note that even if a species is not protected, there may still be restrictions on capturing or collecting them from the wild. It is not advisable to keep dangerous snakes, lizards, or toads as pets.

If you are legally allowed to keep non-protected native reptiles as pets, it’s essential to provide them with proper care to ensure their well-being. Here are some general guidelines for caring for non-protected native reptiles:

  • Enclosure: Set up an appropriate enclosure that mimics the natural habitat of the reptile. It should be of adequate size, provide proper ventilation, and include suitable substrate, hiding places, climbing structures, and temperature gradients.
  • Temperature and Lighting: Maintain the correct temperature and lighting conditions specific to the reptile species you are keeping. Reptiles are ectothermic, meaning they rely on external heat sources to regulate their body temperature. Use heat lamps, heating pads, or heat rocks to create a temperature gradient within the enclosure. Additionally, provide UVB lighting to allow reptiles to synthesise vitamin D3.
  • Feeding: Offer a balanced diet that meets the nutritional requirements of your reptile. Different reptiles have different dietary needs, so research the specific dietary preferences of your species. Most reptiles eat a combination of insects, rodents, fruits, vegetables, and commercial reptile food. Provide fresh, clean water at all times.
  • Environmental Enrichment: Provide environmental enrichment to keep your reptile mentally stimulated. This can include objects for climbing, basking spots, hiding places, and opportunities for natural behaviours like burrowing or swimming.
  • Regular Veterinary Care: We have reptile-experienced veterinarians in our team, it is important to schedule regular check-ups for your pet. We can assess your reptile’s health, provide necessary vaccinations or treatments, and offer advice on proper care.
  • Research and Education: Continuously educate yourself about the specific needs and behaviours of the reptile species you own. Stay informed about any new research or care guidelines that may emerge.

Remember, while non-protected native reptiles may not be legally restricted, it’s crucial to prioritise their welfare and consider the ethical implications of keeping them as pets. Always ensure you acquire reptiles from legal and reputable sources, and provide them with the best possible care to promote their health and happiness.