A Class 1 licence authorises you to keep most of the common species that are easy to look after. A person with just a basic knowledge of the needs of reptiles should have no difficulty meeting the needs of these species.
The fee is $60 for a licence lasting up to two years, or $120 for up to five years.
Anyone over the age of 10 years can get a Class 1 licence. If you're under the age of 16 years, you must have parental/guardian consent.
You'll need a Class 2 licence if you want to keep species that are difficult to keep, rare in the wild or dangerous venomous snakes. A person with a Class 2 licence can also keep Class 1 species.
The licence fee is $60 per year, $120 for two years or $240 for five years.
The Class 2 licence is only available to people who are over the age of 18 years who have had at least two years experience in caring for Class 1 reptiles. Additional
criteria need to be met before venomous species may be kept. The venomous snakes in this licence class are grouped into three sub-categories and the most dangerous species can be kept only by the more experienced keepers.
People who hold a licence can obtain reptiles from other people who legally hold them, but they are not allowed to be sold through pet shops and must not be taken from the wild. Record of all animals must be submitted in April each year. The list of species that can be kept can be obtained at www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/PDFs/reptile_licensing_outline.pdf