Territory and Municipal Services - Keeping Snakes
Keeping a Snake
But you beat me at least
Two years before you can own a snake in the ACT? Really? That cannot be true...
The ACT Government has developed a 'Reptile Policy' against which applications for activities involving reptiles in the ACT are assessed.
This policy was produced in consultation with the ACT Herpetological Association, the Wildlife Research Unit of Environment and Recreation, ANPWS (now Environment Australia)and leading ACT and NSW herpetologists. The Policy has been endorsed by the Minister for Environment, Land and Planning.
Reptiles to be kept for hobby purposes have been categorised into three groups.
CATEGORY A refers to captive-bred reptiles that can be kept by individuals with no prior experience in keeping such animals. These include exempt species and species considered relatively easy to maintain, regularly bred in captivity and suited to the Canberra climate. Exempt species do not require a licence to keep under the Act and are identified below with the symbol (E).
Chelidae Common Long-necked Turtle Chelodina longicollis
Eastern Blue-tounged Lizard Tiliqua scincoides
Blotched Blue-toungedLizard Tiliqua scincoides
Shingleback Lizard Trachydos aurusrugosus (E)
Eastern Bearded Dragon Pogona barbata (E)
CATEGORY B includes species of captive-bred reptiles which may be held for hobby purposes by experienced amateurs with at least two years experiences in keeping one or more species from a family in CATEGORY A
. Generally applicants for species on this list must be 15 years of age or over.
Cheliadae Murray Turtle Emydura macquarii
Agamidae Tree Dragon (Jacky Lizard) Amphibolurus muricatus
Mountain Dragon Amphibolurus diemensis
Gippsland Water Dragon Physignathus lesuerii howitti
Common Grass Skink Lampropholis guichenoti
Delicate Skink Lampropholis delicata
Cunninghams's Skink Egernia cunninghami
Black Rock Skink Egernia saxatilis
White's Skink Egernia whitii
Southern Water Skink Sphenomorphus heatwolei
Mountain Water Skink Sphenomorphus tympanum
Boidae Children's Python Liasis childreni
Diamond Python Morelia spilota ssp spilota
Carpet Python Morelia spilota ssp variegata
Spotted Python Liasis maculosus
Stimson's Python Liasis stimsoni
Varanidae Ridge-tailed Monitor Varanus acanthurus
Black-headed Monitor Varanus tristis
Central Bearded Dragon Pogona vitticeps
You have to remember, it does get VERY cold in Canberra, so keeping not local Reptiles and not caring for them properly can easily kill them.