Visit Reptile Doctors With Real Dedication

Our name, “The Unusual Pet Vets”, is certainly no accident. We cater to a host of exotic animals of different shapes and sizes, fur and feathers – and even scales.

The Unusual Pet Vets are reptile vets in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane with a true understanding of what it means to take comprehensive care of your reptilian pets. From bearded dragon care all the way to snake care, we have taken the time to develop our expertise.

Our knowledge of reptiles extends past the norm, covering the entire spectrum of reptiles such as snakes (both pythons and elapids), lizards (dragons, monitors/goannas, skinks and geckos) and chelonians (tortoises and turtles).

At Unusual Pet Vets, you will find a lizard veterinarian, herp veterinarian, turtle vet and for all intents and purposes your dedicated reptile doctor. Your cold-blooded companions will be in the best of hands – and can look forward to a continuously happy and healthy life.

Reptiles can be challenging to look after, especially due to a lot of misinformation that seems to be found everywhere. Each species comes with its own dietary and environmental requirements, making the decision to keep a reptile as a pet one that demands real thought.


What Can We Help With?

Our qualified team is experienced with the latest in quality care and can help with:

  • General health check-ups including dietary or housing checks and discussion
  • Soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery
  • Behaviour analysis and discussion
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging (x-rays, ultrasounds and CT)
  • The downright weird. Check out this video of our team removing a sponge from a king brown snake!

Our veterinarians each have special interests and experience with exotic and unusual pets such as reptiles, and are recognised for their knowledge. There are differences between owning, treating and caring for a reptile – some glaring and some subtle. We know, appreciate and circumvent these differences.


Snake Vets in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane That Care

The decision to have pet snakes goes beyond snake care itself. It is a case of time, dedication and responsibility, but it can very rewarding for you and your pet snake/s.

The Unusual Pet Vets cater to snakes across Perth and Melbourne so you’ve come to the right place. Our team has hands-on experience and knowledge in all aspects of snake veterinary care. From the reptilian family, snakes are elongated, limbless reptiles. There are approximately 2900 species of snakes – of which only 375 are venomous (which might help put any housemate’s reservations to rest).

Snakes are carnivores, they eat their prey whole and are able to consume prey three times larger than the diameter of their head. This is made possible by their lower jaw which can separate from the upper jaw, and to keep prey from escaping, snakes also have rear-facing teeth that hold their prey securely in their mouths as they swallow. The Unusual Pet Vets will educate you on how best to meet your pet snake’s dietary needs, enclosure preparation and management, as well as day-to-day care.


When Should You Take Your Pet Snake to the Vet?

Snakes require an extraordinary amount of care and attention. Sometimes deciding when exactly you should take your snake to the vet can be difficult.

For starters, it is always a good idea to take your snake to the vet shortly after you receive them in order to get them checked for any parasites that may later cause illness. The following are signs and symptoms you should bring your snake in for expert snake veterinary care:

  • It is not looking alert, not active and tongue is not moving
  • Eyes and mouth aren’t clear
  • It is moving around the enclosure with an open mouth
  • It is not breathing normally
  • It is struggling to shed (usually snakes shed all in one go but if it is shedding in little pieces there may be a problem)
  • It is not eating regularly or omitting a foul odour when it opens its mouth
  • You notice any skin wounds or lumps

Our qualified team has experience with the latest in quality reptile care and can help with:

  • General health check-ups including dietary or housing checks
  • Soft tissue and surgery
  • Sexing
  • Behaviour analysis and discussion
  • Advanced laboratory diagnostics
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging (x-rays, ultrasounds and CT)


Why Choose Unusual Pet Vets?

  • We are a qualified team with a wealth of reptile experience and knowledge
  • State-of-the-art clinics with on-site laboratories, surgical and anaesthesia facilities, and more

We offer fact sheets (see below), training courses and documentation to ensure that your reptile remains healthy.

Just like any other pet, exotic or otherwise, reptiles need quality care that only a proven can provide. Contact us today to book in an appointment or ask any questions!


Perth Customers

    59 Erindale Road
    Balcatta, Western Australia 6021
    The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University
    90 South Street
    Murdoch, Western Australia 6150

Melbourne Customers

Brisbane Customers

    62 Looranah Street
    Sinnamon Park, QLD 4074


    Looking for reptile care information?

    We’ve put together a collection of reptile, snake, frog and amphibian care and information sheets to help you feed reptiles properly, identify diseases that often occur, and how to generally care for your beloved pet.

    Feel free to download our PDFs and refer to the care information at any point. If you need more information on any of the topics, please contact our friendly staff and we’ll be happy to help.

    Reptile Care Sheet

    Reptile Care Sheets