***Slight Vent Warning*** Right, at the moment I think I may feel better if I were to be bashing my head on a brick wall or something. Iv'e visited a few reptile keepers in WA and I see oh, a pair of Lace Monitors, oh, and a Central Bearded Dragon, but wait, not one, three(!) and, oh a Northern Blue-tongue! I'm just like "Wow, I didn't think you were allowed to keep them here!" and the reptile keepers reply, "Oh no, of course not, you're not allowed to keep them here on a regular licence, but we have a display licence"! A display licence! Well! It's perfectly fine that they are out displaying reptiles to the general public and educating them, but really? Why are the species on our lists any less qualified to be displayed to the public? I thought the reason why WA was so restrictive was to protect the WA reptile population from diseases and the probability that some captive non-native species may escape and invade upon environmental niches and therefore may compete with our native species! So why allow this then? It's not so bad that the Northern Blue-tongue is allowed because it does range into WA but the other species? They only take their display animals out once a month or so - maybe more or less - to show to the general public and then once they are done with that they are taken home and treated just like any pet reptile. I just can't get my head around this, can't justify why it's allowed. I am positively envious right now. Just lucky, they are. I would in all probability sell my soul so I could keep a Central Bearded Dragon - or other non-permitted species like Water Dragons or Green Tree Pythons etc. Phew, vent over. I should probably just move state. But on a more serious note, can anyone enlighten me as to why this happens? In other states, are people on a display licence also permitted to keep reptiles that a regular keeper can't have? What exactly is involved in a display licence?