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A license issued by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation, and Attractions (DBCA) is required to keep Reptiles and Amphibians (Herpetofauna) in Western Australia. A license can be applied for here via the online Wildlife Licensing System. All species currently on the approved keeping list fall into one of two categories; Standard - Category B and Advanced - Category C.

A Category B license can be applied for with no prior experience and allows the licensee to keep of a variety of Dragon, Frog, Gecko, Monitor, Skink, Snake and Turtle species with relatively basic husbandry requirements. A Category C license allows for the keeping of venomous and/or potentially dangerous species and is only issued to people with proven keeping and handling experience. The following species can be kept under the current system*:



Magnificent Tree Frog - Litoria splendida

Northern Green Tree Frog - Litoria caerulea

Western Green Tree Frog - Litoria moorei

Western Spotted Frog - Heleioporus albopunctatus


Frilled Lizard - Chlamydosaurus kingii

Long-nosed Ta-ta Dragon - Lophognathus longirostris

Western Bearded Dragon - Pogona minor minor

Western Netted Dragon - Ctenophorus reticulatus


Binoe’s Gecko - Heteronotia binoei

Banded Knob-tailed Gecko - Nephrurus wheeleri

Northern Spiny-tailed Gecko - Strophurus ciliaris

South-West Spiny-tailed Gecko - Strophurus spinigerus

Thick-tailed Gecko - Underwoodisaurus milii

Three-lined Knob-tailed Gecko - Nephrurus levis

Tree Dtella - Gehrya variegata

Western Marbled Velvet Gecko - Oedura fimbria


Black-tailed Monitor - Varanus tristis tristis

Ridge-tailed Monitor - Varanus acanthurus

Short-tailed Pygmy Monitor - Varanus brevicauda

Stripe-tailed Pygmy Monitor - Varanus caudolineatus


Black-headed Python - Aspidites melanocephalus

Children’s Python - Antaresia childreni

Green Tree Snake - Dendrelaphis punctulatus

Pygmy Python - Antaresia perthensis

South-Western Carpet Python - Morelia spilota imbricata

Stimson’s Python - Antaresia stimsoni

Water Python - Liasis mackloti / Liasis fuscus

Northwest Carpet Python - Morelia spilota variegata

Woma Python - Aspidites ramsayi


Bobtail - Tiliqua rugosa rugosa

Centralian Bluetongue - Tiliqua multifasciata

King’s Skink - Egernia kingii

Northern Blue-tongued Skink - Tiliqua scincoides intermedia

South-West Crevice Egernia - Egernia napoleonis

Western Bluetongue - Tiliqua occipitalis


North-western Red-faced Turtle - Emydura victoriae

Oblong Tortoise - Chelodina oblonga

Steindachner’s Snake-necked Turtle - Chelodina steindachneri



Gould’s Monitor - Varanus gouldi

Southern Heath Monitor - Varanus rosenbergi


Brown Tree Snake - Boiga irregularis (venomous)

Desert Death Adder - Acanthophis pyrrhus (venomous)

Dugite - Pseudonaja affinis affinis (venomous)

Gwardar - Pseudonaja nuchalis (venomous)

Mulga Snake - Pseudechis australis (venomous)

Olive Python  - Liasis olivaceus

Pilbara Death Adder - Acanthophis wellsi (venomous)

Rough-scaled Python - Morelia carinata

Southern death adder - Acanthophis antarcticus (venomous)

Spotted Mulga Snake - Pseudechis butleri (venomous)

Tiger Snake - Notechis scutatus (venomous)

Yellow-faced Whip Snake - Demansia psammophis (venomous)

* Species and common names are shown as per the DBCA issued list. Some taxonomic changes have occurred recently, though to avoid confusion all species have been listed as they appear in official documentation.

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