Here at Australian Wildlife Displays we love our native reptiles and many of our friends do too. In fact, keeping lizards, pythons and other reptiles is one of the fastest growing hobbies in Australia.
Native reptiles are not necessarily harder to keep than regular pets but their requirements are very different to a pet cat or dog or budgie. A license is required before such animals can be obtained. Also, native reptiles are protected by law and cannot be simply collected from the wild. If you did so those animals would most likely not acclimatise to captive life and would shortly die. Instead, it is much easier and more responsible to obtain captive bred animals through one of the many private breeders or care societies, some of which are listed below.
Some people say that animals such as lizards, frogs, and snakes belong in the wild and there is truth in that. However, here at Australian Wildlife Displays we believe that the responsible keeping of such animals, so long as they are captive-bred, can have a huge conservation benefit.
Listed below are a few Australian societies for individuals who keep or are interested in keeping native Australian reptiles. Keeping wildlife has been an amazing and enjoyable experience for all of us here at Australian Wildlife Displays and we hope that if you choose to become a wildlife keeper, you gain as much enjoyment from it as we have.
Australian Herpetological Society Inc
PO Box R79
Royal Exchange Sydney NSW 2000
Meets on the 4th Friday of every month at the Australian Museum (enter via William St)
This society is for those interested in reptiles and frogs
Frog and Tadpole Study Group of NSW
PO Box 296
Rockdale NSW 2216