Submitted by Steve on 16:04, 20th Oct, 2014 | 0

Habitat loss and the threat of extinction are significant concerns in the world of reptillian life.

Reptile Day promotes awareness of all things reptillian, encouraging learning about different types of reptiles, their natural environments and ecological challenges.

At the GSPCA we rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and rehome reptiles of all descriptions.

In the last year we have seen snakes to tortoise, turtle to lizards, terrapins and others some of which have been wild and others captive.

Only last week the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle Movie was released.

These types of films although very entertaining cause a real concern at the GSPCA as with many blockbuster films there is often a rise in people looking to own the species within the picture. (to see the blog released please click here)

For anyone looking to adopt an exotic pet it is extremely important to research and speak to experts to ensure you are aware of their care and have the correct environment.

At the GSPCA we see on average 40 to 50 reptiles each year.  Thankfully the main species found as a stray are tortoise and last year 30 in total were rescued and brought into the Shelter in St Andrews.

Currently at the GSPCA the only reptile as a stray is a turtle that was found at Samuarez Park last week.

At the GSPCA we do have four resident tortoise that often accompany the staff when we go out to school talks.  The names of our resident tortoise are Scramble, Ridley and Tony who are hermans tortoise who all came in as strays over the last 2 years.  Also we have Hilda a 61 year old spur thighed tortoise all of which live in our tortoise enclosure.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said "Reptiles can be magical creatures but if you aren't aware of their needs then it can be disastrous."

"Every year at the GSPCA we see all sorts of reptiles that have escaped from their cages or possibly even been abandoned and it is extremely important to know what you are taking on before you even consider getting one of these exotic pets."

"Certain lizards may appear small when you first get them but like snakes many can become extremely large and need much larger enclosures than you are first sold."

"Although at present we don't have any reptiles in need of a home, we do have a stray terrapin we are appealing for the owner to come forward as well as many other animals in need of a loving new home."

To see those in need of a new home please click here.

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