Pet Travel Questions: Can Snakes be Imported to Australia?

Hi PetRelocation,

I am moving to Australia... Can I take my pet snake with me?


Hi Kelly,

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, it looks like you won't be able to move your Oketee Corn Snake to Australia with you.

Importing pets into Australia -- even dogs and cats -- is a complex process due to Australia's rabies-free status, and according to the governing body for moving pets (AQIS), snakes and other exotic pets are not accepted.

Sorry to be the bearer of this news! As a company we have nothing against moving other animals, including snakes -- we've moved several, including Oz, Inca and Jazz -- so let us know if you decide to travel with them to a more welcoming country and we can discuss your options with you.

If you have any more questions you're welcome to contact us to speak to a Consultant, or you can take a look at our Australia pet travel guide.

Thanks again for reaching out and good luck with everything, Kelly!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Kelly
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Snake
Pet Breed: Oketee Corn Snake
From: England
To: Australia

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in March 2011 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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