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Keeping of Wildlife as Pets

Singapore does not allow the keeping of certain animals such as birds of prey, reptiles (except the red-eared slider and Malayan box turtle), amphibians (except the green tree frog) and non-human primates as pets due to these reasons:

Reason

Description

Introduce and spread diseases

Diseases could be introduced and spread to humans and domestic animals.

Ecosystem imbalance

Collection of wild animals for trading will lead to ecosystem imbalance and threaten the survival of endangered species.

Welfare of animal compromised

Unsuitable living conditions, poor diet and pet owner's lack of knowledge of the proper care for the animal may affect animal’s welfare.

Singapore's biodiversity affected

If these exotic pets, which are non-native were released in the wild, it may affect Singapore’s biodiversity.

Public safety

Animals may escape causing nuisance, fear and trauma to general public.

Examples of these animals:

  • Hedgehogs
  • Iguanas
  • Tarantulas
  • Scorpions, star tortoises, snakes, salamanders, sugar gliders, slow lorises