Khy Purkis holding two carpet snakes.
Khy Purkis holding two carpet snakes. Molly Glassey

How to legally own a reptile on the Southern Downs

WITH Queensland Biosecurity laws surrounding reptile ownership set to become tighter, reptile-enthusiasts are being urged to opt for native snakes, lizards and turtles over illegal exotic breeds.

Rebecca Smith is a Warwick reptile lover who owns two carpet pythons and a black-headed python.

“Getting a licence is quite easy,” she said.

“You can do it online and it shouldn’t take any longer than an hour.”

Australian reptiles are protected by law so anyone in the market for a native reptile as a pet needs a Recreational Wildlife Licence.

The basic licence can be obtained online, with costs depending on the length of the licence.

“I’d encourage anyone to get a snake as a pet,” Ms Smith said.

“When people say, ‘a good snake is a dead snake,’ I assume they’ve never met a carpet or black-headed python.

“When you get them, they’re about the size of your palm.”



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