Maritime Reptile Zoo is the only reptile rescue sanctuary in the province of Nova Scotia.
With the growing number of reptile owners who can no longer keep or care for their pets, and the increasing number of abandoned reptiles across the Maritimes, we offer free rescue services within the Maritime provinces.
We are not a store, nor do we buy animals. Some of the animals taken in by our rescue may be used in our outreach program or may be put on permanent display in our zoo. Regardless of apparent health, all animals will be inspected by a vet.
What we can do:
Offer tranquility, rehabilitation, and care to rescued or unwanted reptiles and amphibians.
Coordinate adoptions for your pet to a new and appropriate home, with an experienced caregiver.
Provide information and care sheets as guidelines for proper handling and husbandry of reptiles and amphibians.
Maritime Reptile Zoo is an approved adoption agency for prohibited species as permitted by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. If you are in possession of a species named on the Nova Scotia Personal Pets Exotic Wildlife Prohibition List (as well as turtles and tortoises) and are looking to relocate your pet with amnesty, we can help you. NOTE: Please allow us 1-2 weeks to obtain the necessary import/export permits for any species located within the Maritimes that will need to cross the Nova Scotia border.
We cannot foster or adopt reptile or amphibian species that are indigenous to Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources prohibits the keeping of all native wildlife as pets without a Captive Wildlife Permit. This includes but is not limited to garter snakes, painted or snapping turtles, frogs, or salamanders. For a complete list of indigenous species please refer tothis list. For inquiries about rescued or injured wildlife, please contact theHope for Wildlife Society.
PLEASE NOTE: It is important to know before deciding to surrender your animal that we simply CANNOT permanently house every single one that comes through our doors due to space limitations within our facility. Any animal that is in good health and is eating regularly may be adopted out to appropriate homes through our screening process. Although this service is free of charge, we do ask that any supplies and/or housing come with the animal(s).
If we are asked to travel outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality to pick up an animal we will encourage you to make a small donation to help cover travel costs.