Western Australia is home to some of the most poisonous snakes in the world. City of Joondalup Officers are not authorised to manage the removal of snakes.

The introduction of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and its associated Regulations on Tuesday 1 January 2019 modernised native flora and fauna conservation provisions, including licensing arrangements. The changes also aimed to reduce unnecessary regulation and in this regard a licence is no longer required for the relocation of reptiles. However, this does not mean that community members cannot continue to offer this valuable service to the community and they may wish to consider letting people know through social media. However, any such service would be independent and not associated with DBCA or the Wildcare Helpline and not covered by departmental insurance.

The Wildcare Helpline will continue to provide concerned members of the public with important information regarding their safety and reptile behaviour. Where  removal or relocation of reptiles is required, DBCA advise to seek this service through a pest control service or via an online search.

For further information contact the Department’s Wildlife via email or 9219 9831.