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Are tortoises allowed to be pets in Australia

Discussion in 'Regional Topics & Requests' started by Ophiey, Oct 2, 2015.

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  1. Ophiey

    Ophiey New Member

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    I'm from Australia and I would really like to keep a tortoise as a pet.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Good question.
    And it's a question that I'm curious as to the answer.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    In Australia, water turtles are called "tortoises." This is one answer I found from doing a 'search' on Google:

    "Also it depends on which state you are in as to whether you need a basic reptile license or not and which tortoise species you are allowed.
    In Victoria (where I live), South Australia and the ACT you are allowed to keep long and short neck tortoise's without a license. "

    But this person is referring to water turtles.

    Other responses referred you to Kingsnake.com. I'm not familiar with them, but evidently they have a list of regulations from other countries.
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    Gillian M Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    A very warm welcome to the forum.
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    I'm not from Australia or an expert, but my understanding from reading the laws is that only turtles/tortoises native to Australia are allowed as household pets in Australia, and non-native species aren't allowed as pets. Unfortunately, that would rule out most of the species we discuss here.
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    dmmj The member formerly known as captain awesome Moderator 10 Year Member!

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    that is my understanding as well. Australia has some very strict import rules regardless
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