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Herpetofauna (reptiles/amphibians)

As of 07 March 2003 it has been possible for Western Australians to obtain a licence to keep reptiles and amphibians as pets.

This information has been provided by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) with care sheets (Choosing your pet) provided by the Western Australian Society of Amateur Herpetologists (WASAH) to promote quality care for reptiles and frogs.

Please see the Approved Reptile Keeping List 2013 (below) to find out which reptiles you are allowed to keep as pets.

pdfApproved Reptile Keeping List 20131.47 MB

Customers wishing to keep snakes as pets, including the five (5) most recently added species compromising of Pygmy python (Antaresiaperthensis), Water python (Liasismackloti/Liasisfuscus), Northwest carpet python (Morelia spilotavariegata), Brown tree snake (Boigairregularis) and Rough-scaled python (Morelia carinata), should familiarize themselves with the hygiene and quarantine protocols from the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage document "Hygiene protocol for the control of disease in captive snakes". In order to meet conservation standards and objectives, the recent addition by the Minister for Environment; Heritage of four new python species to the Pet Herpetofauna Notice, was subject to the condition that wild sourced specimens of Pygmy python, Water python, Northwest carpet python and Rough-scaled python are subject to an export ban, which will be reviewed in five years time. The purpose of the export ban is aimed at ensuring that reasonable numbers of these animals are available to meet WA pet herpetofauna keeping demands and that the benefits from wild harvesting of these species are received by WA pet herpetofauna keepers.

Also see the following Conservation Regulations and Amendments:


Pet herpetofauna dealer licence

To deal in pet herpetofauna.
pdfInformation Sheet - Approved reptile keeping lists1.47 MB
Please contact Wildlife Licensing Section to discuss this licence type and seek application form
Wildlife Licensing Section | Telephone 08 9219 9834 | Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Import herpetofauna

Licence to import pet herpetofauna into Western Australia
pdfApplication Form68.58 KB
docApplication Form178.5 KB


Export herpetofauna

Licence to export pet herpetofauna into Western Australia
pdfApplication Form68.75 KB
docApplication Form178 KB