Getting an animal keeper’s licence to keep reptiles


If you want to keep reptiles, you must get a licence from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). The reptile licensing and record-keeping system allows OEH to monitor which reptile species are being kept, bred and traded amongst enthusiasts.

People who hold a licence can obtain reptiles from us here at Macarthur Pets. Under no circumstances are animals permitted to be taken from the wild. There are two classes of reptile keeper licences:

Class 1 licence

What you can keep

A Class 1 license authorises you to keep most of the common species that are easy to look after. A person with just a basic knowledge of the needs of reptiles should have no difficulty meeting the needs of these species. Some of the animals which can be kept under a Class 1 license are:

  • eastern snake-necked turtle
  • eastern water dragon
  • eastern bearded dragon
  • common bluetongue lizard
  • children’s python
  • carpet python.

An applicant for a Class 1 Native Animal Keepers’ Licence must be over 16 years of age. If you are under 16 years of age and interested in keeping native animals as pets, the licence application must be in the name of your legal parent or guardian.

Fee and term

$63 per class for 2 years. $143 per class for 5 years.


Please apply and pay for your reptile license BEFORE you come in to the shop to purchase your new animal. We cannot sell animals to people that are Unlicensed. Please arrange your license at home to prevent disappointment, and to help us help you take your new pet home today. We cannot hold or lay-by animals.

Apply for your NSW Reptile Keepers License here