- Saturday, 3 April 2021 at 11:00 pm
A dozen reptiles were seized from the man’s house in 2019 by Conservation Regulator Authorised Officers, including Blue Tongue Lizards, a Black Headed Python, an Eastern Bearded Dragon, and four subspecies of carpet pythons.
The man claimed the reptiles were like his children, but he failed to obtain a wildlife license to legally keep them, despite previously holding a license until 2005.
He also admitted to taking several of the Blue Tongue Lizards from the wild, including one that had been hit by a car.
The man was charged and convicted for nine breaches of the Wildlife Act, including possession and take of wildlife.
He was fined $8000 with $128 of additional costs. Four of the Blue Tongue Lizards were returned to the man as they don’t require a wildlife license if obtained legally.
The remaining seized reptiles were rehomed.
The maximum penalty for possessing protected wildlife in Victoria is $8,261, while illegally hunting, taking or destroying protected wildlife carries a fine of up to $8,261 and/or six months imprisonment.
Quotes attributable to Regulatory Program Manager Hume Andrew Dean