Adoption & Relocation
Relocating a Reptile?
Found a reptile and do not know what to do? Do you have a reptile that you can no longer take care of? Do not hesitate to contact us! With an attached photo we can quickly tell you which animal species it concerns and guide you in taking the necessary steps to correctly relocate the animal or look for a proper candidate for adoption. We will happily help you or refer to the correct addresses.
Turtles & Tortoises
The H.E.R.P. is happy to contribute to the prevailing turtle problem.
Aquatic turtles are dumped in our natural environment every day. This usually has bad consequences, not only for the animals themselves, but also for our ecosystems! Since 2017, the most commonly kept turtles (Trachemys scripta) are enlisted on the List of Invasive Alien Species of Union concern. This means that this species can no longer be sold, bred or transported by people without a permit. In nature, these invasive turtles damage the ecosystem by predating on protected and endangered wildlife, as well as disturbe the prevailing balance in our biotopes. Because of this amphibians have fewer chances of survival and have a hard time reproducing and aquatic birds are also driven away from their usual breeding grounds.
The low price of aquatic turtles cause a sharp increase in impulse purchases. Larger specimens are difficult to maintain and almost untenable in aquariums. Many people eventually make the decision to get rid of their animal and many of them decide to release it in natural ponds, rivers or city parks ... where the animals do more harm than good! Turtles are among the most dumped animals worldwide. For years, this has resulted in an abundance of turtles in both specialized and non-specialized shelters and zoos.
Rehoming an unwanted or found turtle isn’t getting any easier either... Due to stricter legislation, not everyone is allowed to keep just any turtle!
If you have found a turtle or you can no longer provide your own turtle with the necessary care, you can contact us for advice.