Our first rescue! This animal
requires long-term medical
care. She is a permanent
resident at the rescue.
This little pistol likes biting
more than eating. Due to
ongoing medical and
behavioral issues, he will
remain with us indefinitely.
Green Tree Python Rescue
Nervous Nelli. Despite no
clinical signs of illness, this
touch. Chronic dysecdysis
and a very fussy feeding
lifelong home at the rescue.
In our early years, we rescued all sorts of reptiles. Skin, scales, scutes... you name it, we took it. Before long, we exhausted our
capacity to deal with the unbelievable number of unwanted green iguanas that were flooding rescues all over the country and
coordinated a transfer of our animals to a rescue that specifically focused on iguanas. A few years later, we also decided to refer
future requests to rescue water turtles to an organization whose efforts were dedicated to turtles and tortoises.
Shortly thereafter, we resolved to focus solely on the rescue and rehabilitation of snakes, an area we believed to be under-served in
the reptile community. Within a few years of this decision, we decided to refine our interests and efforts further. As the availability of
giant breed snakes in the pet trade exploded, it rapidly became clear to us that the vast majority of our rescue requests were for
animals whose owners were looking for an easy way out of a poorly chosen pet rather than a genuine need for assistance.
Rescue and Rehabilitation
What you see today is the culmination of years of living and learning, the most recent stop on a long journey through the world of
reptile rescue. Most of our rescues still come to us through "word of mouth". A couple of animals found their way to us via local
shelters as well as education and conservation organizations such as the Chicago Herpetological Society. In recent years, we have
also received a number of animals from green tree python enthusiasts and breeders.
While we no longer accept anything other than green tree pythons, we do service animals from a multitude of circumstances.
The majority of animals we receive come to us because they are injured or ill, as new chondro owners sometimes find they are not
prepared for the cost of proper husbandry and medical care. We also receive animals from individuals who find they cannot handle
the feisty nature of some green tree pythons. On occasion, we also place retired breeders as pets or display animals. In cases
where breeding may be detrimental to an animal or its potential offspring, individuals are neutered or chemically sterilized prior to
Triage and Quarantine
Rescued animals go through triage upon arrival to assess their overall physical health. Individuals that present with abnormal
signalment or signs of injury and/or illness are seen by a qualified reptile veterinarian within 24 hours. All animals must complete a
minimum 90 day quarantine and produce three consecutive clean fecal samples prior to being moved to a display enclosure in the
main snake room.
We follow a strict cleaning schedule and use alternating disinfectants in an effort to reduce the incidence of contagious pathogens.
Quarantine animals are housed in a separate room with dedicated equipment and a more rigorous cleaning schedule.
When an animal is diagnosed with a curable illness, therapeutic treatments are administered on site by a licensed veterinary
technician under the supervision of a reptile veterinarian. While some diagnostics can be conducted at the rescue, periodic trips to
the exotic animal clinic are frequently required to perform more advanced medical testing.
Rehabilitated animals are evaluated for temperament once they are physically established, eating and eliminating regularly.
We feel that a key factor in the permanence of each adoption is the accurate representation of an animal's attitude and personality.
A thorough assessment of an individual's overall behavioral preferences and patterns is also key to a successful transition into their
Despite otherwise perfect
health, neurologic issues
prevent this animal from
being adopted. She is always
on the lookout for her next
entertain us with her antics.