What Do I Do Now?
I Found an Injured Reptile
Native reptiles are protected by state laws and it is illegal for the public to possess these creatures. It is imperative that any injured or orphaned reptiles be brought to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator so that they can get proper care.
Reptiles are very hardy and resilient animals. With supportive care, most reptiles can recover fully from a variety of injuries.
If you find an injured reptile, place it in a cardboard box somewhere warm, dark and quiet. Do not give them any food or water. Call a rehabilitator.
Do not attempt to handle a venomous snake. Even non-venomous snakes will bite. If you cannot positively identify the snake, do not handle it. Place a box over the snake and call a rehabilitator.
After most baby reptiles are born or hatched, they are on their own and do not need to be rescued. If their safety is compromised by the presence of a predator, they can be relocated to a safe location.
Turtles crossing the road:
It is a very kind deed to help a turtle crossing the road in traffic. However, DO NOT RISK INJURY TO YOURSELF IN DOING SO. Please be extremely careful to watch for a long lapse in traffic and ALWAYS place the turtle far off the road in the direction he intended.
A turtle that has been hit by a car and suffered a cracked shell can be rehabilitated. Please make note of the area that the turtle was picked up so it can be returned to its territory.