How to Deal with Unwanted Amphibians and Reptiles

First off for those of you who don’t know what an amphibian or a reptile are, an amphibian is an animal that spends part of their life in water and the other part on land. Some examples of an amphibian are frogs, toads, and newts. They are hatched out of their egg and come out as tadpoles, then when they grow their gills and lungs expand and they are able to travel in water and on land. Reptiles are ectothermic or heterothermic vertebrates aka cold-blooded. They depend on sun and heat mainly because they do not have a internal body temperature control system. Reptiles only breathe by using a pulmonary system. They are hatched and at a young age are left on their own. Most reptiles are carnivores, they feed on small mammals, incests, larvae, and birds. Also, some are herbivores. Some examples are tortoise’s, crocodiles, alligators, snakes, and lizards. Lastly for my introduction carnivores only eat meat and herbivores only eat stuff like berries and grass.

The first thing you should do with a pet amphibian or reptile is to go get advice from an expert. There are some web sites around that offer with with dealing with an amphibian and/or reptile. Also they give help with behavioral problems and give you tips on how to keep your pet healthy.

For some guidance or advice go to Melissa Kaplan’s Herp Care Collection web site to see fact sheets on how to care for your pet. The second thing to do if you still don’t want your pet is to send it to a local pet store. If you bought your pet from a pet store than you can contact the store you bought it from and the a very high chance they will gladly take it back from you. However, there is no guarantee you will get your money back.

Option three is to find it a new home. Most people hate to give up their pets but some of them have no choice. Finding them a home can be hard since some don’t like amphibians or reptiles. You can put most of them in places like herpetological societies and/or an animal shelter. Places like those will help you put your pets in a good home. Options four and five are fairly easy. You can contact your local animal control or fish and wildlife agency to come and take your pet for you or take a not welcomed amphibious or reptilian animal. Animal control can or may be able to take care of the animal or just give you advice. They most likely have a no kill policy and are usually only equipped for mammals. You should contact the fish and wildlife agency to take care of an animal and DO NOT release it into the wild. You don’t ever release a pet into the wild because its against the law and you will be fined for it. Just contact either of them and they will gladly help you with your reptile or amphibian. Sadly, the last option is humane euthanasia. This is never easy for an owner. But, sometimes your only choice is to consider euthanasia to help your pet.