Providing The Best Veterinary Care For Your Pet Reptile

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 located in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. We have 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

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.

Reptile Vets In Perth, Melbourne And Brisbane That Care

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

The Unusual Pet Vets cater to reptiles across Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane so you’ve come to the right place. Our team has hands-on experience and knowledge in all aspects of reptile veterinary care. 

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 it comes to the health and happiness of your pet reptile, you can always count on us for personalised care and trusted service.


When Should You Take Your Pet Reptile To The Vet?

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

For starters, it is always a good idea to take your reptile 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 reptile in for expert 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

Why Choose The 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’s what the Unusual Pet Vets provide. Contact us today to book in an appointment or ask any questions!

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I have been taking my python to Dr Josh since I got her 5 years ago. He is always very compassionate and goes through everything in great detail. In the beginning, I asked a LOT of questions and he always made time to answer as soon as he could. The new clinic is fantastic, and I know my animals are 100% safe and comfortable whilst there.



No words can describe how thankful I am for patching up my Stimson python. Absolutely recommend this place not only for the professionalization, but their wonderful kindness, humour and passion for their job. Can’t wait to bring my girl back in for check-up. I appreciate everything.



Our first visit for our bearded dragon Sonic! Pretty impressed! Would recommend this vet to those who have unusual pets! Pop in and see them!



Took our blue tongue lizard to Dr Joshua who was absolutely amazing, he was so kind and informative, helping me to tweak a few things in our enclosure without judgement. I absolutely recommend Dr Joshua and his wealth of knowledge.



Incredibly knowledgeable and professional vets. Would not use anyone else for my reptiles.

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Nearest vet for your pet

Location of the unusualpetvets



59 Erindale Road
Balcatta, Western Australia 6021
Phone: (08) 6318 5300


The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University
90 South Street
Murdoch, Western Australia 6150
Phone: (08) 9360 2876

Location of the unusualpetvets


210 Karingal Drive
Frankston, Victoria 3199
Phone: (03) 8738 3210

Location of the unusualpetvets


62 Looranah St,
Jindalee, Queensland 4074
Phone: (07) 2104 9499

Additional Information

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

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