Reptiles can make great pets, but in Tasmania you may need a permit to keep a reptile and adhere to the stringent requirements designed to keep the animal healthy and happy. Unfortunately though, many people decide to keep reptiles they have found in the wild or have bought from unscrupulous breeders, and are not aware of the reptiles’ specialised housing and feeding needs.

In the wild Australia’s reptiles have their own issues. Habitat destruction and feral cats are taking their toll on the numbers of our native animals as our living requirements encroach further into their territory.