Gold Coast man fined for breaching permit after vision of pet python surfing goes viral

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A surfer who was filmed with his pet python at a Gold Coast beach has been fined for breaching the conditions of his permit.

Key points: A Gold Coast surfer has been fined for taking his pet python out in public without a permit

A Gold Coast surfer has been fined for taking his pet python out in public without a permit Footage of the pair longboarding has gone viral on social media

Footage of the pair longboarding has gone viral on social media He has been ordered to pay more than $2,000 for the breach

Footage of Higor Fiuza and his carpet python Shiva longboarding at Rainbow Bay went viral earlier this month after being shared online.

Mr Fiuza told the ABC at the time that his three-year-old Morelia bredli carpet python had surfed at least 10 times.

But Queensland's Department of Environment and Science said Mr Fiuza had since been fined $2,322 for taking the reptile out in public without permission.

Senior wildlife officer John McDonald said the surfer was also issued with a warning for not meeting online reporting requirements.

"The man was brought to our attention when he appeared in local media taking his python into the surf," Mr McDonald said.

Higor Fiuza was fined for taking Shiva to the beach without a permit. ( Supplied: Instagram )

"Our investigation found the man had a permit to keep native animals, but he was issued with a Penalty Infringement Notice for breaching section 88a of the Nature Conservation Act."

Mr McDonald said permit conditions prohibited animals from being removed from their licensed premises unless it was for a trip to the vet, selling or giving the animal to another permit holder, or taking it to an authorised display.

"To take an animal out in public or display it requires a separate permit from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries," he said.

Mr McDonald said taking native pets out in public could cause the animals unnecessary stress.

He said they could behave in an unpredictable way when removed from their enclosures.

"Snakes are obviously cold-blooded animals, and while they can swim, reptiles generally avoid water.

"The python would have found the water to be extremely cold, and the only snakes that should be in the ocean are sea snakes."

Mr Fiuza declined to comment on the matter.

Shiva isn't the first animal seen catching a wave at Queensland beaches.

Duck, the surfing duck, is a regular and made international headlines for his penchant for pinching waves off Steph Gilmore.

Pork Chops the British bulldog amassed a large following on his Instagram page run by his owner surf instructor Sam Rollinson before the pooch died in 2021.

In Queensland, only leashed dogs are permitted on beaches except in designated areas, according to local council laws.

pickles55 on September 18th, 2023 at 11:32 UTC »

Australia has a unique ecosystem because it's an island, that's why they have strict rules about what you're allowed to do with exotic animals. They have strict rules about bringing fruits and vegetables into the country for the same reason. Invasive species can run wild and cause problems for millions of people and animals