Australia boasts a huge variety of animals. There are some 83% of mammals, 89% of reptiles, 90% of fish and insects and 93% of amphibians that inhabit the continent are endemic to Australia. That being said, exotic animals from overseas could introduce some of the world’s most damaging pests and diseases into Australia. This could devastate the unique Australian biosphere. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of the Australian Government has framed rules on pets that you can have in Australia. While it’s common to keep dogs and cats as pets in Australia, other unique and interesting animals including reptiles, insects, amphibians and terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates are increasing in popularity and becoming more available.
Currently, only dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and selected species of birds from approved countries may be imported as pets. No other vertebrate animals are approved for import into Australia as pets. Reptiles are not permitted to be imported as pets but may be imported under strict conditions for zoological purposes. This may include, but is not limited to:
Live fish may only be imported for the aquarium (ornamental) trade or for laboratory research. Pet fish are not permitted to be imported into Australia. The same way, frogs and other amphibians can only be imported for laboratory or zoological purposes, and not as pets.
What Are The Popular Pets You Can Have In Australia?
There are many species of pets that you can consider adopting to join your family, beyond just cats and dogs. However, it’s very important to remember, that just because an animal is small, doesn’t mean that they don’t have big and complex needs.
Popular pets in Australia include –
- guinea pigs
But people in Australia don’t limit themselves to the aforementioned list. Some unusual pets you can have in Australia include reptiles, ferrets and stick insects.
Important Points About Pets You Can Have In Australia
If you are working or studying for long hours, then a dog may not be a good choice of pet, as all dogs require companionship. In this case, it’s smarter to opt for pets such as fish.
If you have a small backyard or poor fencing, then a dog may not be a good choice. You could consider a pet such as a cat that lives indoors with you.
Some types of animals like birds and rabbits, need the company of each other to stay happy and healthy. So if you’re planning on getting a rabbit or bird, make you get them in pairs (or more) to ensure they are content.
All pets are expensive. Even though some animals like fish, birds and guinea pigs are cheap to purchase, it can cost a lot of money when it comes to buying and setting up tanks, cages and hutches. The same way, some dog breeds will cost more to keep than others. Large dogs need more food and some breeds of dogs need regular clipping of their coats, which again, costs a lot of money.
If you are renting an apartment, ensure you ask the landlord whether or not you are allowed to keep pets. Most properties listed on UniAcco are pet friendly, however, if you are moving in with a pet, make sure you ask your booking agent if the student accommodation allows pets on the property.
Birds such as parrots can be very noisy and may attract complaints from neighbours. In such a case, you might be better off with a quiet pet such as a cat, or fish.
In case you are living with young children, there are some pets that tolerate children better than others.
If you are considering getting a dog, keep in mind that you can’t just leave them out in the backyard. Dogs need to need to spend time inside the house with you, in order to remain happy and healthy.
Dogs require regular exercise otherwise they get unruly. Moreover, dogs that do not exercise regularly are susceptible to diseases. Make sure you take your dogs on daily walks. Some breeds of dog are more energetic than others and may need longer or more frequent walks.
Important Questions To Ask Yourself While Getting A Pet
Can I care for a dog or cat for over 10 years?
Can I afford to have a pet?
Do I live in a suitable location and type of housing for a pet?
Do I have the time to exercise, groom, train and play with a pet?
Can I arrange for someone to look after my pet when I’m away?
Do I have adequate space in my house for a pet?
If renting student accommodation Australia, am I allowed to keep a pet?
Does a pet fit in with my lifestyle, activities, sporting pursuits and priorities?
All these questions must be thoroughly analysed and only then should you consider getting a pet in Australia.
Some FAQs On Pets You Can Have In Australia
Can you have a pet hedgehog in Australia?
All hedgehogs are classified as exotic pets that are illegal to import.
Can you have a pet monkey in Australia?
A monkey is considered as an exotic animal in Australia. This means that they can only be held by licensed persons and usually only for exhibition or conservation purposes. Therefore, monkeys cannot be sold for commercial purposes or kept as pets by private owners.
Can you have a pet fox in Australia?
Foxes are permitted to be kept as pets only in NSW in Australia.
Can you have an owl as a pet in Australia?
Owls are not allowed to be kept as pets in Australia as they are considered “exotic pets”.