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Keeping a skink in Canberra?

By thy_dungeonman - 21 November 2011 8

Recently I found one of those common garden skinks wandering around my laundry and decided to catch it, I have a terrarium in an old fish-tank and was thinking about keeping it there.

But first I would like to know whether I can keep it I have heard that for NSW at least you need a license to keep one, however it would be strange if I couldn’t given that it was wandering around my house already (must be the heat).

I would also like to ask for some advice on how to keep it, my terrarium contains moss and some small plant, is open the the air and is generally quite moist and at room temperature.

What’s Your opinion?


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Keeping a skink in Canberra?
thy_dungeonman 10:37 am 21 Nov 11

Thanks for the advice, I have already released it outside although I put it in the reserve. If I released it straight into the backyard my dog would have got it for sure, she loves to case them.

Disinformation 10:24 am 21 Nov 11

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Starrie 10:23 am 21 Nov 11

Thumper said :

It’s illegal to take a skink from the wild without a collection licence (and these are only given for scientific or educational purposes). It’s also illegal to keep a skink without a licence.

Technically I don’t think a laundry in suburbia can be consisded ‘the wild.’

Possibly but luckily for the skink the Act doesn’t actually mention the animal being in the wild merely the taking of a native animal being an offence.
http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/1980-20/current/pdf/1980-20.pdf

Don’t worry though it’s only a $5,500 fine or 6 months in jail.

Thumper 10:12 am 21 Nov 11

It’s illegal to take a skink from the wild without a collection licence (and these are only given for scientific or educational purposes). It’s also illegal to keep a skink without a licence.

Technically I don’t think a laundry in suburbia can be consisded ‘the wild.’

Starrie 9:41 am 21 Nov 11

It’s illegal to take a skink from the wild without a collection licence (and these are only given for scientific or educational purposes). It’s also illegal to keep a skink without a licence.
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/environment/licensing_of_plants_and_animals/reptile_policy

Do yourself a favour, buy a blue-tongue lizard from a breeder rather than taking this skink from the wild.

s-s-a 9:27 am 21 Nov 11

TAMS Reptile Policy

The PP is correct, you can’t keep wild-caught reptiles. Free the skink!

Athryn 9:26 am 21 Nov 11

Legally you can’t keep it. Check out http://www.tams.act.gov.au/live/environment/licensing_of_plants_and_animals/reptile_policy for more information.
Even though it came into your house, it is a wild skink (ie was not purchased from a breeder). Also it would depend on the type of skink as it may be a restricted spiecies.
Having said that, if you do intend to keep it anyway, make sure you do a lot of research on keeping a skink. You will need a good food source, good substrate, a basking spot, as well as a heat lamp and a UV B bulb.
I am a reptile keeper and they can take a lot of work to look after, more so than a cat or a dog. As Disinformation suggested, go and see the friendly staff at canberra exotics (aka Reptiles Inc) and they will be able to get you setup legally and with less chance of killing the reptile.

Disinformation 9:01 am 21 Nov 11

By that logic, you should be able to keep anything that wanders in your door of it’s own accord.
I can see a small problem with that.
All the advice that google can provide tends to suggest that you cannot take any reptiles as pets from the wild and that all must be purchased from licensed suppliers.
Do yourself and the skink a favour. Put it outside.
If you don’t know beforehand how to look after it and what to feed it, you’re likely to kill it while finding out. Go to http://www.canberraexotics.com.au/ and do everything legally and with the correct advice.

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