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Do you know that you need to a license to keep exotic pets like tarantula, scorpion or monkey? Keeping exotic pets might seem cool, but as a responsible owner, you need to have a proper license and knowledge to protect both your rights and the animals’ welfare.

How to Apply for a License to Keep Exotic Pets?

Exotic animals usually come with a microchip, in cases of birds, a ring, which will be given to you when you buy the animals.

Within 14 days of the purchase, you need to bring the animal, your identity card and the receipt for the purchase to the nearest Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) to obtain a licence.

The process is usually fast and easy, and the license fee varies depending on the type of animal, for example RM3 to own a scorpionidae, RM5 for a Burmese python, RM10 for a short-tailed parrot.


Why bother applying for a license?

According to Wildlife Conservation Act 2010, hunting or keeping any protected wildlife without a licence might land you in a maximum fine of RM50,000 and/or maximum 2 years imprisonment.

Protected wildlife includes certain types of tortoises, lizards, parrots, snakes, iguanas, monkeys, porcupines, squirrels, spiders and many more (for the full list, see Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010).


Some of you may think, “Aiya, no need license lah, they won’t check my house one…

Very recently on 24th October 2017, a Chinese man was sentenced to RM50,000 or a 5 month-imprisonment for keeping 36 tarantulas (Lampropelma iolaceopes) without a licence. Thus, it is advisable for you to make the efforts to apply and renew your license for exotic pets, in order to prevent yourself from burning a big hole in your pocket or even ended up in the jail!

Chan Zi Xin

Chan Zi Xin is currently pursuing a Master in Medical Law (LLM) in the University of Liverpool as a Hodgson scholar. Having had her own articles published in Brickfields Law Review and Liverpool’s Law Bulletin, Zi Xin also led the operation of the University of Liverpool’s Law Review as the Deputy Editor In Chief (2016-17). Besides, Zi Xin currently volunteers with Healthwatch Liverpool as a social worker, where she acts as an advocate to help monitor and influence the provision of health and social care services in Liverpool. Zi Xin is also an avid squash player where she played for the university team and coached junior players.

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