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DOES A MOVIE MAKE YOU WANT TO BUY A RED EARED POND SLIDER AS A PET FOR YOUR CHILD?
Red eared pond sliders make horrible pets for many. They can grow to over 15 inches in shell size and require a large pond habitat (aquariums are not sufficient). If you don't keep it clean enough, just wait until you get a load of their extremely mutant smell. They are filthy and foul turtle tanks smell horrible. They live over 70 years. They are a worldwide invasive species with severe environmental implications due to pet releases. In Ohio they require permits and microchips to own as pets. Think again before purchasing that cute little turtle for a child as a pet, or as a souvenir from a beach vendor, or because of a movie release. They are great pets for those with a pond who know what they are getting into. For the average child as a pet in a fish tank, not so much.   Do your homework and research the species before taking home a pet.  Know what you are getting into!
NOTICE:
ODNR rules require all pet native reptiles (species from Ohio) must have microchips and a permit.  Find more information here.
NOTICE:
Wild box turtles are a protected species in Ohio. It is illegal to  capture, possess, buy, sell, trade, or harm a wild box turtle. 
NOTICE:
Iguanas and pond slider turtles are the most popular reptile pets.  Due to extremely high numbers we have a waiting list.
NOTICE:
New Ohio laws restrict or ban ownership and possession of many exotic animal species.  More information here.


Arrowhead's top 10
common mistakes and myths
There's a lot of bad and just down right wrong information out there. 

Arrowhead FAQ
Did you know?  Answers to some general and random questions about reptiles and Arrowhead. 
ARR Climate Guide
A reptile enclosure must be kept at certain temperatures and humidity ranges depending on where they are from in the world.
Care Sheets and More
Care sheets and much more information available on our education page!
ARR Nutrition Guide
Nutritional information for all types of reptiles. A proper diet is imperative for a healthy pet.
 
Adopt a Reptile Today!
We have all types of reptiles available for adoption.  View our currently available animals and apply to adopt here.


Cincinnati Zoo - A large Burmese python now on display, and a bearded dragon for education.

Columbus Zoo - One Savannah monitor lizard for education.

Akron Zoo - Two Bearded dragons, black rat snake, uromastyx, and a milk snake for education

Newport Aquarium - Red eared sliders, red-foot tortoise, and four Sulcata tortoises.