OWNING native wildlife as a pet is a privilege in Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is reminding owners they have responsibilities.
DELWP acting program manager for resource protection and management Leigh Murray said pet owners must make sure pets are registered, cared for and fed.
“Our wildlife officers have received a spike in the number of complaints concerning the possession of wildlife without appropriate licences,” he said.
“We are following up on these, including people allowing their licences to expire without renewing them and people obtaining wildlife from illegal avenues.
“A Tatura man was fined and convicted in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court in April for taking an eastern brown snake from the wild and keeping it as a pet.
“It is a reminder to the public that some wildlife can be possessed as pets but none can come from the wild.’’
For more information on keeping wildlife as pets, visit www.wildlife.vic.gov.au