At Inner South Veterinary Centre we love to see all animals, including reptiles. Dr William Grech has a special interest in reptile medicine and husbandry, Dr William has a few reptiles of his own at home.

There are 630 species of reptiles in Australia. Only a few of them of them are permitted to be kept as pets in the ACT. All native reptiles are protected and you may need a licence to keep any in captivity. It is illegal to keep exotic (non-Australian) reptiles in captivity.

The following species are considered relatively easy to maintain, are regularly bred in captivity and suited to the ACT climate. The following species do not require a licence to keep in the ACT and are identified below:

  • Common long-necked Turtle
  • Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard
  • Blotched Blue-tongue Lizard
  • Shingleback Lizard
  • Bearded Dragon

For the keeping of any other reptiles in Canberra and the associated regulations refer to the ACT Government Dept Environment website.

Turtles, lizards and snakes are gaining popularity as pets and as a result, veterinary care for these amazing species is progressing in leaps and bounds.

Reptiles make truly fascinating and rewarding pets but do require quite specific care and management. The challenges presented by owing one of these unusual pets can be great and we are excited to be a part of the care and treatment of these animals.

We have enthusiastic staff happy to help with setting up the best possible care at home. We are well equipped to help care for these animals when unwell, will a full suite of diagnostic aids and treatment options at our disposal. We would love to see you and your scaly friend!