Adoption Page

Adopt a herp today!

Click on the small photos on the right to see available adoption animals.


The Southwestern Herpetologists Society has reptiles available for adoption by SWHS members, with an adoption fee of $20 for most animals.

Some available reptiles are brought to the meetings, and can be taken home that night. Our program is a community service to help unwanted herps find their forever homes. Please be advised that animals are not held for anyone; it is on a first come, first served basis.

Contact our Adoption Chairman John Saint John for questions: [email protected] or 323-221-5059

Herps frequently available for adoption:

  • Ball Pythons
  • Bearded Dragons
  • Boa Constrictors
  • Savannah Monitors
  • Leopard Geckos

If you are looking for a specific herp, please let us know. New animals arrive all the time. Feel free to email, call, or talk to us at the meetings.

Adoption request forms are available at the meetings.

Things You Should Know

Before you decide to adopt a reptile or any animals there are some things you should know beforehand.

  1. Do research. Learn all the details about the reptile habitat and any special needs. You should take into account the lifespan, size of tank and housing requirements very carefully. Be realistic if you're able to care for this reptile.
  2. Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Can you provide accurate records? How much do they typically eat and how often? Have they interacted with and properly tamed? Where did they come from? Can they be handled or do they have to remain caged? Has it shown signs of aggression?
  3. Make sure you can afford all of the equipment. Equipment includes a vivarium, water bowl, substrate, something to climb, heat mat (Only covering half the vivarium), a light (Optional), thermometer, hydrometer and two hides (one in the cold side and one in the hot).
  4. Set up all equipment and make sure everything is working properly. Ensure the lid or doors shut properly and lock securely. Fit any wires or decor and attach the heat mat. Allow at least 3 days for the temperature to regulate.

Water must be changed regularly as the often defecate in it. Remember to keep its environment clean.


Rescues and Animals Relinquished due to Circumstances

This information is for those who find themselves in such circumstances because of life changes, or they have found an animal in need of rescuing or relocation in their yard or home. Each case would have to be handled in a particular order as to insure the best way to protect the animal and human. Animals given up for adoption to the SWHS must go through a quarantine period as to not infect the other animals in our program. Animals captured should be released where they are safe from human interference. An animal not indigenous shall be quarantined and re-homed with those who are knowledgeable and can properly care for that species.

Below is a list of animals we do not take in because we just do not have room for them and would be overwhelmed:

  • Red-Eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans)
  • Large (over 6 foot) Common Red-Tailed Boas (Boa constrictor)
  • Ball Python (Python regius)
  • Venomous Species
  • Endangered species


Please see our 2 forms below, one for adoptions and one for relinquishing animals to the SWHS:




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