Recommended enclosure sizes

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Hopping Mice

Minimum enclosure area : 2500 square cm

Min. enclosure height      : 50cm

Max. number of animals  : 5

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 600sq cm

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Dunnarts

Minimum enclosure area : 2500 square cm

Min. enclosure height      : 50cm

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 800sq cm

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Sugar Glider

Minimum enclosure area : 7 square meters

Min. enclosure height      : 3 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 1sq meter

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Common Ringtail Possum

Minimum enclosure area : 7 square meters

Min. enclosure height      : 3 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 4sq meters

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Common Brushtail Possum

Minimum enclosure area : 12 square meters

Min. enclosure height      : 3 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 4sq meters

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Squirrel Glider

Minimum enclosure area : 7 square meters

Min. enclosure height      : 3 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 1sq meter

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Wombats

Minimum enclosure area : 50 square meters

Min. enclosure height      : 2 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 10sq meters

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Bettongs, Potoroos & Bandicoots

Minimum enclosure area : 15 square meters

Min. enclosure height      : 2 meters (species dependent)

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 5sq meters

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Wallabies less than 10kg

Minimum enclosure area : 100sq meters

Min. enclosure height      : 1.8 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 10sq meters

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Wallabies greater than 10kg

Minimum enclosure area : 300sq meters

Min. enclosure height      : 1.8 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 30sq meters

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Kanagroos & Wallaroos

Minimum enclosure area : 1000sq meters

Min. enclosure height      : 1.8 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 100sq meters

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Pademelons

Minimum enclosure area : 300sq meters

Min. enclosure height      : 1.8 meters

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 30sq meters

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Quolls

Minimum enclosure area : 30 square meters

Min. enclosure height      : 2.4 meters  (species dependent)

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 9sq meters

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Dingo 

Minimum enclosure area : 30 square meters

Min. enclosure height      : 3 meters (consider full secure roof)

Max. number of animals  : 2

Increased floor area for each additional animal : 10sq meters

 

Dingo enclosures need DELWP inspection & approval prior to license application approval.

These recommended enclosure sizes are a guide for best practice husbandry for housing native animals. There is currently NO Code of Practice for keeping native animals in Victoria.  

 

The Marsupial Society of Victoria with other invited groups/organisations have previously consulted with the Department of Primary Industry's (DPI) Bureau of Animal Welfare who were working towards and preparing a Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of Australian Mammals these documents remain in draft format.


Please note;

  • Hopping mice and Dunnarts, height quoted is above substrate

  • Bettong males should NOT be housed together

  • Some Bettong species will climb.  Consider a secure roofed enclosure

  • Wombats prefer to be solitary

  • Pademelon's require dense cover 

  • Dingoes enclosure height 3 meter fences or minimum 2 meter with additional 45 degree inward return of minimum 1 meter.  Victorian Wildlife regulations - Dingo License set enclosure requirements