Research, Research, Research!

We have had a very busy month of May. AGCRR is housing 51 reptiles at the date of this post. But we are beginning to see a pattern that has us concerned enough to post it to our page.  This month alone we have had 1 turtle, 6 bearded dragons, 2 leopard geckos,  come to us with MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease). This is a crippling and even fatal disease.  And it is so easy to prevent.  Dusting crickets or adding liquid calcium to the water of leopard geckos is needed. LG’s are one of the easiest reptiles to care for and yet often, the most neglected. It takes 10 seconds to add a tablespoon of calcium powder to a baggie, add crickets, lightly shake to dust crickets and then remove crickets from bag, feed crickets to your insectivore, discard used calcium powder.

Bearded dragons, tortoises, Uromastyx, Tegus, and most monitors, just to name a few,  have to also have a UVB light source. These are not normal light bulbs, they must be changed out every 6 months to provide adequate UVB lighting. I recommend writing the date of installation on the base of the bulb, and change out regularly. AND PLEASE, research what your reptile will need for proper care and maintenance BEFORE you purchase or adopt.

Most reptiles live 16+ years with some snakes living for 45+ years and tortoises and turtles can live 76+ years. This is a life long commitment.  Not only do you have to love your reptile, so do your spouse, kids, grandkids and in some cases great grandkids.

Reptiles do not need yearly shots like dogs and cats, but they need a yearly check up by a licensed veterinarian that does specialize in reptiles/exotics.   Knowing that bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas,  like most reptiles have to be housed separately. Iguanas can be housed together male and female, 2 females of the same size, but in the 45 years of this, we have found that territorial issues arise and injury from one reptile to another usually happens. Adequate housing is another issue for another blog entry. But the cute iguana you bought today and placed in a 20 gallon habitat will need an extremely large enclosure within 4 years. This just touches on what is required to be a responsible owner. It boils down to research, research, research. Know what you are getting into and what is required of you, before you purchase or adopt.


The owner of this darling bearded dragon did not know she needed any type of light source and heat on her or her cage mate. Sorry to say the cage mate did not survive and we are hand feeding this darling every 3 hours. She has put on some weight, from 28 grams to 34 grams,  but still has a very hard time eating on her own, her legs and spine have been affected by MBD.  All because the owner did not research and learn what is necessary to maintain and own on of God’s creatures. This darling girl is the reason for todays blog post.




New Arrivals! Ready for their forever homes!


This is Mango,  a young corn snake


This is Raphael, his owner surrendered him when he became sick and she could not have the needed medical care provided. Raphael is a land turtle, she had him in an aquatic tank. This caused sever damage to his shell. He is much better, and should be available for a forever home by the end of summer.


This is another of the 7 morphs… She came out of Galveston, we call this one Sneezy


This is Lucas and Lucas is available for a forever home!


This pretty girl is Highway, she has a pending application her forever home!


Meet Doc one of the 7 morphs we have, he came to us from Bridge City


This one we named Grumpy, but she has a very sweet personality


Meet Bashful


And finishing off our 7 morphs is Happy


This is Dopey, He came from Richmond, he is a true spider with the wobble


Titus came to us from Bridge City


This is one of the seven morphs.. Meet Sleepy

Now Available for Adoption


This little lady is Paisley, she is skittish at first then loves the attention



This is Sandy an adult Female Kenyan Sand Boa


Meet Casper, an 7-9 month of male bearded dragon, he loves to be held and of course BANANAS!


Tux is a juvenile female Argentine Black and White Tegu,  she is beautiful after her recent shed, She gets excited but with an experienced handler can make a wonderful forever pet,


This is Freddy, an adult bearded dragon, Freddy loves hanging out watching the world go by.

First blog post

This is our very first post. We were having so much trouble with our last website, we began this one. Please be patient with us as we get this one up and running. Everything should be functional by May 01, 2016. We will post upcoming events, reptiles that are available for adoption as well as pictures of the newest rescues and their journey to their forever homes. We will also have a Q & A section to answer all your questions as well as tips on reptiles and pictures you post. So stay tuned for the “new” website…coming soon!