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This is a series of diaries highlighting animal rescues around the country and noting and celebrating the work they do to help animals who have no voices but ours to speak for them. I have decided to make this a daily series because there are so many wonderful rescues out there who need human help and weekly just doesn't seem to be enough. I have long wanted to start a rescue but lack the resources or time available to do so right now so this is my attempt to do my part. I hope that these rescues will benefit from the kindness and benevolence of the community here at Daily Kos. They are amazing organizations and worthy of Kossack attention and care.
I am here, alive and all around you

I have no voice

In your trees, your air, your fields, your oceans, your world

I have no voice

I am a mother, a father, a protector, a soul

I have no voice

I can walk, crawl, sing, fear

I have no voice

You must be my voice

Tucson Reptile Rescue

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Our Mission

The rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of reptiles in the greater Tucson area; and the education of the public in the care, keeping and maintenance of reptiles.

About Us

Tucson Reptile Rescue is Southern Arizona's only 501c3 non-profit, no kill animal shelter for sick, injured, found, abandoned and surrendered exotic reptiles. We take in these animals with no surrender fee, house them, feed them, get them veterinary care when needed and work diligently to find them caring, permanent homes. We are ran 100% by volunteers and receive no funding or grants. All adoption fees and donations collected go directly to care for animals. To avoid overcrowding and to stay no-kill we occasionally have to turn away an animal but we will do what we can to help.

Come on in and check out our adoptable animals as well as some amazing resident reptiles.
Baby sulcata tortoises enjoying a salad. These babies will one day be over 100 lbs and can live over 100 years. They are quite active, they eat constantly and need lots of space. They also do not hibernate and need a heated area for chilly nights and winter time. A radiated heat panel is an inexpensive and safe way to heat a dog house or other small structure. Please do not house your tortoise in an aquarium or tank! Outdoors is best but indoor housing should have ventilation, heat, UV, humidity, a burrow and opaque sides. This species ends up in rescues often because of over-breeding and impulse buys. Please do lots of research before bringing home any pet but especially exotics.
Iguanas are not easy to raise and care for. They should live over 20 years, can grow over 5' long, have very sharp teeth and claws and their tails can inflict a painful whip. Just because they are herbivores does not make them a safer pet! They need huge amounts of space, lots of attention, high humidity, daily soaks, daily salads with variety, direct sunlight or artificial UV lighting (glass blocks UV) and supplements. Even as babies they should not be housed in a tank. They can get respiratory and skin infections from the high humidity and lack of ventilation. Please consider adopting an iguana if you want one as a pet instead of buying at a pet store and supporting the mass importation of these misunderstood animals.
We always have Red Eared Slider Turtles available for adoption. We do not charge an adoption fee as long as they are going into a pond and will never be bred. We house our turtles in separate ponds by gender and size to prevent breeding.  Do not purchase or pay a re-homing fee for a baby turtle under 4", it is illegal to offer these as pets and most of the places selling them do not give out the correct care information, most of these do not survive to become adults and many of the ones that do, become unwanted pets when they outgrow their tank. Please report the illegal sales of water turtles under 4 " to the FDA.
Pythons for Adoption

These pythons are all at Tucson Reptile Rescue waiting for someone to offer them a forever home. Please contact us for adoption fees and requirements.


Adult male ball python available for adoption.

See more here
Geckos for Adoption

"Laverne and Shirley"

See more here
There are lots more reptiles for adoption at their site.
Please check them out!

Adoption Fees

Adopting a reptile can be very rewarding. Just because they are cold blooded doesn't make them cold hearted.

Adoption fees collected help pay for housing, lighting, food, vet bills, utility bills and many other expenses for the animals. We are a 501c3 non-profit animal shelter and have an all volunteer staff.

Our small species of  lizards such as geckos, skinks and bearded dragons are quarantined for at least two weeks. They can be adopted out with a full set up, including tank, lid, light fixture, appropriate lighting, water bowl, hide cave and cage decorations. Our small lizard adoption fees start at $50 depending on the species and equipment included with the adoption.

Larger species of lizards like monitors or Iguanas will have 30 days of quarantine before becoming available for adoption. Adoption fees will start at $50 each.

Small species of snakes (ball pythons and smaller) will be quarantined for 30 days. There will be a minimum $50 adoption fee each and some will be adopted out with full set up.

Large snakes such as boa constrictors and the larger pythons will all have 30 day quarantine a vet check and have adoption fees starting at $50.

Water turtles/red eared sliders adoption fees start at $0 if you have an outdoor pond set up.

Sulcata tortoise adoption fees* are $75-$200

Leopard tortoise adoption fees start are $150-$300

Russian and Greek tortoise adoption fees* are $100

Red Foot tortoise adoption fees are $100-$250

Please call or email for exact re-homing fees

*Proof of proper housing is required to qualify for adoption.

Reptiles should be mostly housed individually for their own health and safety (with few exceptions). Reptiles of different species should almost never be housed together.

Housing Requirements

Enclosure Requirements for Iguanas

*Coming soon

Please call or email for details

Enclosure Requirements for Sulcata Tortoises

*Sulcata tortoises can live to be over 100 years old, because of this we only adopt them out to homeowners.

1) Enclosure size: Minimum 500 sq feet, over 1,000 is ideal

Perimeter: At least 24-inches in height above ground, as well as 12- to 24-inches below ground

2)Enclosure has sun and shade available throughout the day.

3)Heated area needs to be provided for the cold season.

4) No access to pool or pond.

5) No access to toxic plants.

6) No access to dogs or other predators.

7) Clean, fresh water available.

8) No chemical treatment in area.

Enclosure requirements for small hibernating tortoise species such as Greek or Russian and box turtles.

1) Enclosure size: 50 sq. feet minimum, 100 is ideal

Perimeter: minimum of 12" high and buried in ground at least 8".

2)Enclosure has sun and shade available throughout the day.

3)Burrow above ground, allowing water to drain away. Contains a least 8" of soil on top and sides for insulation. (Message for links to web instructions or ideas)

4) No access to pool or pond.

5) No access to toxic plants.

6) No access to dogs or other predators.

7) Clean, fresh water available.

8) No chemical treatment in area.

If an application is approved we will deliver the tortoise and do a home inspection at that time.

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