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Regulations and Husbandry


CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between Governments. The aim of CITES is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival (

NZ authorities already regulate trade in CITES listed species and need the cooperation of other countries to prevent unsustainable or illegal exploitation, hence, NZ species in the three CITES appendices are nominated by the NZ authorities. To see a table of NZ CITES listed species go to:

DOC Regulations

The Department of Conservation has some fact sheets and guidelines for people to follow.
Click here to read DOC Fact Sheet


Would you like to find out about building cages? Catching live food for reptiles? Turtle health? Frog care? Tips for lizard keeprs? Then join the NZHS, and see the information on the Members' Forum

If you want to start keeping lizards, read this document.


Click here to read the Permit List

Wildlife Act (1953)

Wildlife to be protected

Subject to the provisions of this Act, all wildlife is hereby declared to be subject to this Act and to be absolutely protected throughout New Zealand.

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