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Changes to the WA keeping list, March 2016


WAHS has worked tirelessly in conjunction with DPaW to update the current Keeping list of frogs and reptiles. While we are still working at making more species available, we can celebrate a victory today. We must give a special thanks to Stephen Wyndham and David Manning for all their hard work towards this amendment.

An amendment to the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 has been announced today in the Western Australian Government Gazette: News Story.

As of The 25th of March 2016 the following animals will be added to the list of pets under the DPaW Regulation 4 license:

Category 2: Northern blue tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia).

Category 3: Children’s python (Antaresia childreni), North-western red faced turtle (Emydura victoriae), Banded knob tailed gecko (Nephrurus wheeleri).

Category 4: Common tree snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus).

Category 5: Yellow faced whip snake (Demansia psammophis).

The following animals have been downgraded: Now Category 2 (Was Cat. 3): King’s skink (Egernia kingii), Magnificent tree frog, (Litoria splendida) Now Category 3 (Was Cat. 4): Woma python (Aspidites ramsayi), Steindachner’s snake necked turtle (Chelodina steindachneri), Western spotted frog (Heleioporus albopunctatus), Ridge tailed monitor (Varanus acanthurus), Short tailed pygmy monitor (Varanus brevicauda).

We have also noticed that the Stripe-tailed monitor (Varanus caudolineatus) no longer appears on the list - we are following this up with the Department.