Keeping venomous snakes as pets

Category 1: mildly dangerous venomous snakes

These are the protected venomous snakes in permit category 1.

CodeScientific nameCommon name
U2630Boiga irregularisbrown tree snake
W2631Cerberus australisbockadam
E2634Enhydris polylepisMacleay’s water snake
Z2655Demansia psammophisyellow-faced whip snake
G2651Rhinoplocephalus pallidicepsnorthern small-eyed snake

How to get a permit

To get a permit to keep a category 1 venomous snake you must be 18 years or older.

If you are between 14 and 17 you can be a nominee on a permit held by a parent or guardian.

You don't need any previous experience with venomous snakes.

Allow five days to process your permit.

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Last updated: 17 February 2016

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