Do you have an unwanted reptile?

Did that cute little python get to be just a bit too large?

Mom put her foot down and forced you to give up the dragon?

Are you in or near Ohio?  (We are in Cincinnati, OH)



If you are not in our area, visit and click on herp rescues to find a reptile rescue closer to you.


Arrowhead Reptile Rescue will help you find decent, loving homes for your pet. We research potential adopters as thoroughly as possible to ensure that the new home will be beneficial to both the new owner and to the animal. As a general rule, we try to help any reptile that comes to us, but cannot always take your pet. Animals that do come into our care are provided excellent diets and habitats in one of our many foster homes. We offer our animals accurate environmental conditions as well as clean, humane, and safe enclosures. Medical care is always provided when necessary.

If we can take your pet reptile into one of our foster homes, we ask for a small donation to take in a pet. These donations help us provide food and care to the animals until we can find alternative homes, and help cover the costs of wildlife rehabilitation of native reptiles.  Your donation is tax deductible. 

You have to bring your reptile to us at a location in Greater Cincinnati. If you are located outside of Ohio or Kentucky and you wish to donate a reptile, please try to find a rescue organization closer to you before contacting us. You can find a reptile rescue by going to Be advised there may be some state and federal restrictions to transporting certain species across state lines.

Arrowhead will always take nuisance, orphaned or injured wild reptiles that you find.

We are licensed and approved by the Ohio Division of Wildlife for reptile and amphibian rehabilitation. Wild reptiles are released whenever possible, and are never adopted out as pets.

There is no fee for us to take an injured native wild reptile. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

 Burmese python, Indian python, rock python, brown tree snake, and anaconda are federally restricted species per the U.S. Lacey Act.

We are permitted by the US Fish and Widlife Service for federally restricted species. However, if you are located outside Ohio it is against the law to transport your pet to us across state lines.

ARR accepts restricted snakes and dwarf caiman. Contact us to see if we have room for your Ohio restricted snake.

Wild animals will be rehabilitated and then released into the wild if possible and appropriate. Captive reptiles are adopted to new homes whenever possible. We scan all new reptiles for existing microchips or tags. Lost reptile pets will be returned to their owners. All reptiles, captive or wild, are given expert veterinary care if necessary. Our vet, Dr R.D. Dahlhausen, specializes in reptiles and exotics, and we have in-house veterinary technicians on our staff. We provide on-site intensive care, including IV's and tube-feeding. We have a firm no-kill policy... we only euthanize due to an untreatable medical condition.

If you are bringing your pet from out of state, be aware there may be federal regulations and state import/export requirements that must be met.

We WILL NOT provide professional veterinary or medical care for your personal pet. Please contact your nearest veterinarian specializing in reptiles if your pet needs medical attention.

We will accept emergency intakes resulting from neglect or cruelty cases, confiscations, abandonment situations, etc, and we will waive any fees in these cases. However, we prefer not to take unwanted pet surrenders through shelters and humane societies. If you have someone who has a pet reptile they no longer want, please refer them to Arrowhead directly.

©  Arrowhead Reptile Rescue 2014