After the success of the first ever Python Rescue Day back in July 2018, Kellyville Pets are once again collaborating with the NSW Government and rescue groups to host a Reptile Rescue Day.
Reptile Rescue Day on Tuesday 22 January is a chance to help find new homes for a variety of different reptiles that have either escaped from their owners or have been illegally released, or where they have been seized by the authorities.
The day follows on from the previous Python Rescue Day, which saw 39 pythons rehomed. The event is a joint initiative of Kellyville Pets, the Central Coast Herpetological Society, Wildlife Animal Rescue and Care Society, and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Kellyville Pets will have a range of micro-chipped and vet-checked reptiles for adoption, including carpet pythons, spotted pythons, blue-tongue lizards, shingleback lizards, Central bearded dragons and Eastern long-neck turtles.
“Reptiles make great family pets, are relatively low-maintenance to look after if provided with the right captive environment and have engaging personalities,” Kellyville Pets reptile manager Ben Dessen said.
“We will have a team of experts on hand on the day to help assess the suitability of potential owners—this is a long-term commitment and the welfare of these animals is our first priority.
“To that end, Kellyville Pets is donating a ticket to each new owner to attend our reptile workshops, covering housing, maintenance and health, feeding, caring and general handling.”
New owners will be required to have enclosures specifically designed for reptiles to prevent these captive animals escaping into the wild.
“Captive-held reptiles often do not survive in the wild or could become an issue to native and domestic animals in the area, so it’s very important to have the right equipment,” Dessen said.