Australian native bearded dragon.
Australian native bearded dragon.

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.



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