Code of Practice for the Welfare of Amphibians in Captivity - Victoria

Service summary

You will be required to comply with this code if you own, handle or keep amphibians in an aquarium. This code outlines the minimum standards of care for keeping amphibians in captivity, whether for personal use or commercial breeding, display, bartering, exchange or sale.

The code covers care and responsible ownership issues such as housing, environment, food and nutrition, health care, cleaning, transport, breeding and licensing. An amphibian is described as an exothermic (cold-blooded) vertebrate animal typically living on land but breeding in water, such as frogs and axolotls.

By complying with this code of practice you may be able to demonstrate that you have met your legal responsibilities. It may be a defence to a charge of animal cruelty against an amphibian that you have complied with this code of practice.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Biosecurity

Act(s) name

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Biosecurity


Operating address:
475 Mickleham Road
Attwood, Victoria 3049
Mailing address:
PO Box 2500
Bendigo,Victoria,
Australia

Phone:

03 9217 4200

Fax:

03 9217 4416
animal.welfare@ecodev.vic.gov.au

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