Harvesting licence (protected animals) - Queensland


You require this licence if you intend to harvest live protected animals from the wild. Protected animals are animals that are classed as threatened or near threatened species. The following animals require a harvesting licence:

  • spiders - from Theraphosidae family
  • scorpions - in the genus Uradacus
  • venomous snakes for venom extraction
  • other protected animals.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a suitable person to hold a wildlife licence
  • comply with the 'Code of practice - captive reptile and amphibian husbandry' and / or 'Code of practice - aviculture'
  • be the landholder or gain consent from the landholder
  • provide the exact location of where the activities will take place
  • provide specific details of the species you intend to take.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You must have and keep up to date an approved wildlife record book.


Up to three years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $352.60

Annual fee for spiders and scorpions. Fees for 2021-22

Apply Licence All $365.30

Annual fee for other protected animals (non-macropod). Fees for 2021-22


This licence cannot be transferred

Administering agency

Department of Environment and Science

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Permit and Licence Management

Department of Environment and Science

Mailing address: GPO BOX 2454
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 1300 130 372
Email: palm@des.qld.gov.au
Website: Department of Environment and Science (Opens in new window)