ODNR rules require all pet native reptiles
(species from Ohio) must have microchips and a
permit. Find more information on native
Ohio wildlife laws and which species are legal
Box turtles are a protected species in Ohio.
It is illegal to own,
capture, possess, buy, sell, trade, or harm a
box turtle in any manner in the state of Ohio.
Do not pick one up and keep as a pet.
Iguana's are one of the most popular reptile pets.
Due to this they are also the ones that are most
often in need of homes. We get bombarded with
requests to take in these reptiles. Unfortunately at this time ARR cannot take
ARR is authorized to accept Ohio DWA
(Dangerous Wild Animals). New Ohio laws restrict
or ban ownership and possession of many reptile
species. We are authorized by ORC 935.03 to accept Ohio DWA.