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    Page 1 of 45 121220Department of Environment and Science www.DES.qld.gov.au ABN 46 640 294 485

    Wildlife management

    Captive reptile and amphibian husbandry

    Captive reptile and amphibianhusbandry

    Nature Conservation Act 1992

  • Code of PacticeCaptive reptile and amphibian husbandry

    Page 2 of 45 121220 Department of Environment and Science

    Table of Content1. About this code ........................................................................................................................52. Reptiles and amphibians of Queensland................................................................................63. Definitions.................................................................................................................................64. Aims of herpetology.................................................................................................................65. Purpose of code .......................................................................................................................76. Acquisition of reptiles and amphibians..................................................................................77. Selling and giving away reptiles and amphibians..................................................................88. Take from the wild....................................................................................................................89. Repatriation of the progeny of wild-caught amphibians .......................................................910. Requirements for safe transport ...........................................................................................10

    Containers ......................................................................................................................................10Thermoregulation............................................................................................................................12Airfreight .........................................................................................................................................12

    11. Records...................................................................................................................................1312. Collection of feed skinks .......................................................................................................1313. Euthanasia..............................................................................................................................1414. Captive husbandry .................................................................................................................15

    Hygiene ..........................................................................................................................................15Thermal biology ..............................................................................................................................15Water requirements ........................................................................................................................16Behaviour of healthy animals..........................................................................................................17Management of social behaviours in captivity .................................................................................18Photoperiod ....................................................................................................................................18Housing requirements.....................................................................................................................19

    15. Amphibians.............................................................................................................................19Eggs and tadpoles ..........................................................................................................................19

    Housing .........................................................................................................................................................19Diet .................................................................................................................................................................20

    Frogs ..............................................................................................................................................20Behaviour of healthy frogs..........................................................................................................................20Housing .........................................................................................................................................................21Diet .................................................................................................................................................................22Captive breeding of frogs............................................................................................................................23

    16. Reptiles ...................................................................................................................................23Freshwater turtles ...........................................................................................................................23

    Housing .........................................................................................................................................................23Diet .................................................................................................................................................................24

    Lizards............................................................................................................................................25Housing .........................................................................................................................................................25Diet .................................................................................................................................................................26

  • Code of PacticeCaptive reptile and amphibian husbandry

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    Dragon lizards (Family Agamidae)..................................................................................................27Housing .........................................................................................................................................................27Diet .................................................................................................................................................................28

    Monitors and goannas (Family Varanidae) ....................................................................................28Housing .........................................................................................................................................................29

    Skinks (Family Scincidae)...............................................................................................................29Housing .........................................................................................................................................................30Diet .................................................................................................................................................................30

    Geckoes (Family Geckonidae)........................................................................................................31Housing .........................................................................................................................................................31Diet .................................................................................................................................................................32

    Legless lizards (Family Pygopodidae).............................................................................................32Housing .........................................................................................................................................................33Diet .................................................................................................................................................................33

    Snakes (Families Typhlopidae, Boidae, Acrochordidae, Colubridae, Elapidae, Hydrophiidae and Laticaudidae) ..................................................................................................................................33

    Housing .........................................................................................................................................................34Blind snakes (Family Typhlopidae) .................................................................................................35

    Housing .........................................................................................................................................................35Diet .................................................................................................................................................................35

    Pythons (Family Boidae).................................................................................................................36Housing .........................................................................................................................................................36Diet .................................................................................................................................................................37

    Aquatic and semi-aquatic snakes (

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