Two warned for keeping protected species
TWO Casino residents have been officially warned for keeping two native bearded dragons in a cage.
Police were called to a Casino address this week in response to an animal welfare check.
During the visit police observed two native lizards, approximately 40 centimetres in length, in a cage.
The lizards, commonly referred to as bearded dragons, are native to Australia and are a protected species under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1976. .
"To lawfully possess this type of reptile requires a specialist category R1 reptile licence" said rural crime officer, Senior Constable Mal Bird. .
"To remove this reptile from the wild is a further offence, and if removed from a national Park the offender/s can face fines up to $11,000 for each offence and reptile if taken from a National Park."
The lizards were seized and taken to WIRES. The 17-year-old and 20-year-old residents were issued official warnings for the offence.
Police reported a number of other animals at the property which were in good health.