Arrowhead's main goal is protecting one of our most valuable natural resources, Ohio wildlife.  Our rehabilitators have over 50 years of combined experience in wildlife rehabilitation, and we aim to treat and release every animal we can. From turtles hit by cars to the snake that became a cat toy, we take in and help any and all reptile wildlife.  Wild animals are never adopted as pets and are released whenever possible.

     If you find a turtle in the road, simply move him to the other side and never take them home. Wild animals can harbor disease and parasites and do not appreciate being captive.  If you are interested in helping Arrowhead protect our native reptiles and amphibians, please click here for more details on what you can do to help.

Ohio's Native Reptile
and Amphibian Species

What to do if you find
injured or orphaned wildlife

Can I release my
pet into the wild?

What to do about a
nuisance wild reptile

Save the Timber
Rattlesnakes in Ohio

Authorized Ohio
Wildlife Rehabilitators
Ohio Wildlife
Rehabilitators Assn
National Wildlife
Rehabilitators Assn
International Wildlife
Rehabilitation Council
Resources and Reference
Material for Rehabilitators
USGS NAS Species Database
iNaturalist species database
NatureServe species database
IUCN Red List of
Threatened Species
National Audubon Society 
Online Guide to North American Reptiles and Amphibians

ODNR rules require all pet native reptiles (species from Ohio) must have microchips and a permit. 
Wild box turtles are a protected species in Ohio. It is illegal to  capture, possess, buy, sell, trade, or harm a wild box turtle. 
New Ohio laws restrict or ban ownership and possession of many exotic animal species, including some commonly kept pet reptiles. 


With new and ever changing laws concerning reptiles and pets in general, the following links will take you to information from state and federal agencies concerning both exotic and native pets.  There may be local ordinances in your area that this does not cover.   Check for laws at the county and municipal level you live in.   Federal and state law might not address a certain species of pet, but your county or city may very well have a ban or restrictions.


Bans the importation and interstate transport of Burmese python, Indian python, rock pythons, yellow anaconda, and brown tree snakes.
Bans the possession and sale of crocodilians, restricts the sale and possession of giant constrictors and venomous snakes.
Regulates the possession, purchase, sale, trapping, harvest, capture, and trade of reptiles and amphibians native to Ohio.

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