Keeping crocodiles as pets

How to keep a crocodile

Crocodiles can be very dangerous. There are guidelines you must follow if you want to keep a crocodile in the Northern Territory (NT).

There are two species of crocodiles that may be kept as pets - saltwater crocodiles and freshwater crocodiles. Both need similar conditions in captivity.

To keep a crocodile you must get a permit to keep protected wildlife

You must keep the crocodile in an enclosure that follows the housing crocodiles guidelines.

In urban areas, you can only keep a crocodile that is less than 60cm long. 

You will only get a permit to keep a crocodile over 60cm in some rural areas if you have a large space, there is no threat to the public and you have a senior first aid certificate. 

You must keep a trauma kit in case of emergency.

You must have different permits if you want to import or export crocodiles from the NT or if you want to interfere or take a crocodile from the wild.

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Last updated: 17 February 2016

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