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Reptile licence Qld

Discussion in 'Reptile Licensing / Licence Information' started by Bazza2634, May 17, 2017.

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Should Queensland change the licence rules on Murray River turtles?

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  1. Bazza2634

    Bazza2634 Hatchling Turtle

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    I don't understand, how come in Victoria you can own a Murray River turtle without a licence but myself living in Queensland have to pay for a licence? This is ridiculous, we live in the same country??
     
  2. Aussiepride83

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    Sorry mate but I disagree entirely. Victoria should move to tougher licensing like QLD because Murray River turtles are the biggest pest/threat to many species thanks to idiots that keep them then dump them outside their natural range. Tougher licensing laws should be introduced into Victoria to stop this happening and Murray River turtles should be banned from pet stores Australia wide entirely.

    When you don't have to have a licence like in Victoria, you can do what you want with your turtle when you don't want it anymore and you can also poach from the wild because there's no proof. Licensing laws prevent this from happening. Long story short, Victoria is the most backward state in the country when it comes to turtles and Victoria accounts for more than 90% of turtle related dramas in Australia thanks to their stupidity.

    Murray River turtles are NOT NATIVE to QLD!
     
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  3. Bazza2634

    Bazza2634 Hatchling Turtle

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    Totally understandable but I still reckon we shouldn't have to pay for a licence, maybe if we just had to keep the information still but not have to pay for it.
     
  4. Aussiepride83

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    I disagree, reptile licencing also discourages pretenders. If you're going to complain about $75 for a five year licence then you shouldn't be keeping turtles because the initial outlay for a proper setup is $1000+ and the running costs (electricity, food, water, chemicals, supplies) are ongoing. A turtle can live for over 80 years and would cost thousands. Why complain about a $75 licence??
     
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  5. Bazza2634

    Bazza2634 Hatchling Turtle

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    I just disagree about the fee. People ruin the hobby by making these rules come into place.
     
  6. Craig

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    If I had my way Murray River turtles wouldn't be allowed to be kept in QLD.
    If you want Murrays then go live in Victoria where they are endemic. People are not responsible and do stupid things like release them into the wild if they outgrow their tanks or get sick. They can then interbreed with Kreffts turtles, thus ruining their genetic integrity that has existed for millions of years.
    Voting yes on something like this is the most anti-conservation idea I have ever heard of.
    What we should be doing is stopping Victoria from allowing Murrays to be kept off licence instead.
    So many species are endangered and already it has been proven that idiots have further endangered native populations by releasing Murray River turtles into rivers that they don't belong.
     
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  7. Aussiepride83

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    People ruin the hobby by getting into it without knowing what they're getting into. You having to pay a licensing fee didn't cause your turtle to get sick. Your neglect and malpractice did. That is something I disagree with.
     
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    Was down in Melbourne two weeks ago in a reptile/aquarium shop (or one that was pretending to be) and without going into the various examples of malpractice saw a tank full of baby Macleay River turtles. I'd forgotten about the no licence required thing in Victoria and was shocked when I saw a sign. Some of these turtles will end up with life long enthusiasts and there won't be an issue but as has already been said some will be released into the wild. Licensing laws are simply a no brainer.
     
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  9. Aussiepride83

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    Not to mention Victoria doesn't recognise sub-species so in their book, all Emydura are Murrays. Err huhh!
     
  10. Davarian

    Davarian Hatchling Turtle

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    I live in South Australia, where you don't need a licence for Murray River or Eastern Long Necks but you do for all other types of Turtles.

    Earlier this week I actually wrote to the South Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation asking for him to amend the regulations to make it mandatory to have a licence for all turtles.

    Considering how much specialised equipment and care is needed to look after them properly it really is ridiculous that anyone can just walk into a pet store and buy one.
     
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    Licensing all turtles helps to remove the novice 'on the spur of the moment' purchases when a child begs their parents for a turtle without doing any proper research beforehand.
     
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  12. Aussiepride83

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    I was down at my local creek last summer trapping feeder fish for my turtles when this dirty big female Murray turned up to inspect my trap. She could obviously smell the bait and wasn't easily deterred by my efforts to scare her off either, obviously a dumped pet. Needless to say, I was really p****d off!

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    Murray River turtles are like cane toads outside of their natural range. Unfortunately, the damage done by them cannot ever be undone!
     
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  13. Cam07

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    Biggest trouble I've had with QLD licence is I got no form of warning when it expired. I only found out when I went to purchase a new bird.
     
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  14. Aussiepride83

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    The expiry date is printed clear as day on the licence paperwork itself. Mine is up for renewal in August this year.
     
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