Specially protected vertebrates; notification of population, population changes, or relocation.

If you keep a specially protected vertebrate animal, you must report the animal's population and any changes in population after you start keeping it. You must also report the relocation of the animal's regular location.


If you are in possession of a "specially protected" vertebrate animal and wish to keep it, it must be reported immediately to the lower nature conservation authority. Likewise, in case of sale/death or loss, the departure of the animal must be reported. The obligation to notify exists for both the acquirer and the relinquisher.

Species under special protection include, for example, monkeys, parrots, tortoises and giant snakes, but also various species of lizards such as day geckos and chameleons. In addition, all European bird species are also included.

Whether a species is specially protected can be determined by using the WISIA database of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (see "Further links").


The obligation to notify exists for vertebrates of specially protected species that are not listed in Appendix V of the Federal Species Protection Ordinance.

Keepers must

  • have the necessary reliability and sufficient knowledge about the keeping and care of the animals and
  • have the necessary facilities to ensure that the animals cannot escape and that the keeping complies with animal protection regulations.


For each individual specimen kept, the keeper shall provide the competent authority with the following information immediately after the start of keeping:

  • Date of change in population (addition by acquisition or breeding, departure by surrender, death or escape),
  • number,
  • species,
  • age,
  • sex,
  • origin,
  • First and last name and address of the previous owner or new keeper in case of transfer,
  • place of keeping,
  • purpose of use and
  • identification (e.g. ring or transponder number).

The documents proving the legal ownership of the specimens (EU marketing certificate or certificate of origin) must be submitted with the notification of the start of keeping.

A change in the regular place of residence of the animals subject to registration must be reported immediately.

Special notes

It is strongly recommended to document the takeover or handover of a specimen with the identification of the animal and the first and last names or addresses (if possible also telephone number) of the previous and subsequent owner with signatures of both partners in order to avoid later disputes. This document must be submitted to the competent authority as proof of legality when registering or deregistering an animal.


  • immediately 2 weeks after acquisition, surrender, death or escape
  • 4 weeks for own offspring

Required documents

  • documents proving legal ownership of the specimens (e.g. EU marketing certificate, certificate of origin, other documents)


  • none


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