A REPTILE DYSFUNCTION
Most people’s first reaction when they see a lizard or snake is one of fear. That fear can come from a bad previous experience or simply from a lack of understanding when it comes to these amazing animals. We try and change that perspective during the many events we host throughout the year where we give people a chance to meet some of these often under appreciated animals in person. As an added bonus, our snakes give free hugs at all of our events!
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Looking for a new scaly friend? After we take animals in and make sure they’re ready to go to a new home, we put them up for adoption! Click HERE to see who is currently looking for a new loving family!
Donations can come in all forms and sizes. Not only are monetary funds needed to keep helping these amazing animals, but food, housing etc can be very useful as well. Click HERE to use our super easy donation form or to see what items you may be able to assist with.
One of the easiest and possible most fun ways for you to help is to simply donate one little thing…..your time! We can always use an extra hand at our events and since we are a registered NonProfit, you earn volunteer hours! Click HERE to find out more.
SOME OF THE MOST COMMON ISSUES WE SEE
METABOLIC BONE DISEASE
One condition we frequently see with animals we take in is called Metabolic Bone Disease or M.B.D. for short. One of it’s main causes is improper lighting and/or diet and it can lead to various deformities. In simple terms, their bones become so brittle that they break and heal incorrectly. This condition can’t be reversed but the animal can still live a quality life if cared for properly.
Reptiles for the most part are solitary animals. When you see what appears to be “cuddling” in pet stores or anywhere else they may be housed together, it’s actually a form of showing dominance. This behavior can actually lead to fights where one or more animal may end up missing limbs or permanently disabled. Those animals will need special care for the rest of their lives.
A reptile’s natural diet and environmental conditions can be a little difficult to recreate in captivity. The animal’s health can quickly decline if things aren’t set up in a way that benefits it. Proper food, heating, lighting, humidity, and even substrate all play a major role in helping them thrive. Luckily, there are many guidelines and resources available to help us along the way, we just need to actively seek them out.