You finally mustered up the courage to go out and buy your own eastern snake-necked turtle named ‘Scruffy’. But are you legally allowed to keep ‘Scruffy’ as a pet?! The answer – yes, but only because your eastern snake-necked turtle falls within one of two classes of licence.

Is My Reptile Permitted? What Types Can I Keep?

There are two classes of licences for which you will need to apply to:

Licence Class 1

This category allows for more easily cared for reptiles. Some common examples are the bluetongue lizard and carpet python to name a couple. Pages 16-26 provide a full exhaustive overview of what types of reptiles are able to be kept as pets.

View the current species list (PDF)

Licence Class 2

This type of licence is far more restrictive for more specialty reptiles such as venomous snakes, or even reptiles caught in the wild. This is a more stringent threshold and very few reptiles will be classified under this class.

Where to Start? What are the Requirements?

To be eligible for a Class 1 Licence, you will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under the age of 16, parental approval is needed to keep the reptiles at home.

For a Class 2 Licence, you need to have had a Class 1 Licence for at least 2 years. In addition, only people aged 18 and over are eligible for a Class 2 licence. If you are wanting to keep venomous reptiles (good luck to you…) you will need to satisfy additional criteria such as owning specific enclosures. There are also a few more further stringent requirements which can be downloaded in a PDF.

How to Apply for a Licence?

There are two separate forms to be filled out for each licence.

For a Class 1 Licence you can either apply online OR download a form to be posted to Wildlife Licensing and Management Unit.

For a Class 2 Licence you will need to download this form and send it to the Wildlife Licensing and Management Unit.

One final note – a Class 1 Licence will last for 2 years, a Class 2 Licence will last for 5.

Final Thoughts

The Lawpath network extends to lawyers dealing in compliance matters and who can help you with making sure your licence applications are as smooth and carefree as possible.

Now that you are equipped with all the information you need to legally own your beloved ‘Scruffy’, all the best on your wonderful adventure of eastern snake-necked turtle ownership!

Need help applying for a Reptile Licence? Request a Quick Quote and LawPath can source you up to 3 fixed-price quotes from our 650+ lawyers.

Anthony Fong

Anthony Fong

Anthony is a Paralegal at Lawpath. Pursuing his interest for Insolvency and Commercial Law, he is currently completing his third year of a combined degree in a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce at University of New South Wales.