Animals that do not occur naturally in the wild in Australia are defined as 'exotic animals'.
While you are allowed to own a wide range of exotic animals, there are some restrictions in place to protect Australia against exotic pests and disease that could threaten our environment or communities.
Some of the exotic animals available in Australia have been imported illegally despite Australia's strict import laws: possessing illegally imported animals (or their offspring) is an offence under the national environment law and punishable by jail of up to 5 years and/or a fine of up to $110,000.
Don't release your exotic animals if you no longer want them. Releasing exotic animals into the wild may damage the environment. It could introduce an exotic disease or pathogen or become a pest itself. Exotic animals threaten our unique environment, agriculture and the tourism industry. It is also cruel to the animal as it is likely to die from exposure or starvation.
For more information on the import/export of exotic animals consult the Department of Environment.
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