In Belgium, the keeping of reptiles and amphibians (new pets) is in vogue. In their natural environment, they are extremely vulnerable species. Amphibians are among the most threatened species in the world and some reptiles are in decline. Their import, often unregulated, can be harmful to biodiversity and animal welfare. On Wednesday, public authorities are bringing together more than a hundred experts to discuss joint recommendations to make this trade more sustainable and responsible.

Of the 8,100 amphibian species listed, 40% are on the verge of extinction. The situation of reptiles is also very problematic; yet few of these species are legally considered threatened. These animals, which are highly valued in Belgium as pets, are therefore regularly imported, particularly illegally. This situation must be improved.

On Wednesday 4 December, many representatives from academics, scientific research, public authorities, the private sector, animal health and NGOs will discuss together recommendations to improve the trade in reptiles and amphibians at a conference organised by the FPS Health.

Their objective: to rethink the trade in reptiles and amphibians in a multidisciplinary way, in order to be able to provide global and coherent information to citizens, to make their possession and trade more responsible.

Information for the press

The conference will take place on 04/12/19 at RESIDENCE PALACE, rue de la Loi 155, 1040 Brussels (Belgium).

A press briefing at 10:40 am will provide you with an update on the latest scientific developments made at Ghent University, the reptile and amphibian trade and its impacts on animal health, environmental health and animal welfare. The detailed programme of the conference is available on

A press kit can be sent on request.