All native animals in South Australia fall into one of four categories:
- a permit to keep or sell these animals is not required
- these animals are not protected in the wild.
- animals listed as Exempt are fully protected and a permit is required to take any of these from the wild
- they are very common either in captivity or in their natural habitat
- there are no restrictions on the keeping or sale of these animals
- animals listed as Basic are fully protected and common either in captivity or in their natural habitat
- these animals are usually easy to keep in captivity
- a permit is not required to keep one individual animal, however the sale or disposal of that animal would require a permit
- animals listed as Basic are fully protected and a permit is required to take any from the wild.
- these animals are fully protected in the wild
- a Specialist permit to keep and sell is required
- to obtain a Specialist permit, you may be required to prove you have the facilities, knowledge and experience to safely and properly care for the animal
- any species not specifically nominated on the Unprotected, Exempt or Basic lists is automatically Specialist.
- are not generally kept in captivity
- are considered to be of high status as a result of illegal trading or demand from trade (eg black cockatoos)
- require special feeding or housing (eg koalas or wombats)
- are endangered in their natural environment (eg golden-shouldered parrots)
- require special expertise for handling and security (eg front-fanged venomous snakes).