Have you found a reptile or an amphibian?
The guideline for herps (reptiles and amphibians) care differs from that of other animals. Most herps do not care for their young. Every birth cycle, more offspring are produced than the environment can sustain.
When should you step in?
- The most common reason a herp may need your help is if it is non-native. This means that some one tried to take on an exotic pet and then decided to dump it.
- Iguanas & Bearded Dargons (lizards), Red-eared sliders (turtles), and Pythons (snakes) are common examples of pets that need very specific climatic conditions to survive.
- If you are knowledgeable about northeastern America’s reptiles and amphibians, and believe someone’s ex-pet is on the loose, there are specific places you can bring them.
- Take extreme caution if you are trying to handle the animal, or contact the organization prior if you feel unsure.
- Even natives may need your help. An injured reptile or amphibian could benefit from the help of a wildlife rehabilitator.
- Signs of injury include a cracked shell, missing limb, emaciation, bleeding, injury from a car, or attacked by a dog/cat.