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    Blk 740 Bedok Reservoir Road #01-3165 Singapore 470740
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    1015 Upper Serangoon Road #01-00 Singapore 534753
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    Block 109 Clementi Street 11 #01-31 Singapore 120109
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    Sun: 12noon to 4:30pm
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    Tel: 6254 3326
    Emergency: 9668 6469
    Block 1002, Toa Payoh Lorong 8 #01-1477 Singapore 319074
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You Can't Keep these Animals as Pets!

You Can't Keep these Animals as Pets!

It’s always more exciting when you live life on the wild side. While many of us are intrigued by the idea of possessing an exotic pet, those who do may find themselves on the wrong side of pet ownership laws in Singapore.

Out of concern for the welfare of these wild animals, for the safety of animals and humans alike, and to preserve the land’s biodiversity, our laws do not allow us to own mostly anything that creeps, crawls, or — heaven forbid — slithers. Even the mere display — not to mention sale and possession of these animals — is an offence.

So if you had half a mind to keep any critter on this list of curious creatures as unconventional and “cool” pets, think again.


These amphibious beings look and move like lizards, but aren’t lizards (which are reptiles). What they are, though, is prohibited. (Having said that, lizards like iguanas, geckos and bearded dragons are illegal to keep as pets as well.)


Unfortunately, no matter how much you like Sonic the Hedgehog, you cannot keep this spiky (but cute!) animal as a pet in Singapore. The closest you can get to having a pet hedgehog would probably be to adopt guinea pigs instead — just as adorable, only less prickly.


If you're not up for furry pets, we suggest keeping land hermit crabs, green tree frogs, or red-eared sliders instead (all of which are legal to possess). Anything that isn't a boa or a python; imagine coming home one day to find them missing from their cage. Oh, the horror.


This is one ban we won’t dispute — why would anyone want to keep these creepy crawlies as pets? Especially because their venom is poisonous to humans! Just the thought of it is enough to make our palms go all clammy.


It does seem cool to have a partner in crime à la Hector Barbossa and his pet Capuchin Jack, but in actuality, monkeys are wild animals and are better off kept that way.

SPCA and AVA has a list of animals that are illegal to keep as pets, so be sure to check them out before getting a little companion for yourself! There even certain breeds of dogs that are banned in Singapore.

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