What To Do If You Found a Healthy Reptile or Amphibian

Confirm the Reptile is Not Sick or Injured

The following are indications that an animal may be sick or injured:

  • The animal is quiet, dull, the eyes may be closed.
  • It has an obvious wound to the shell or elsewhere on the body.

Read More About What To Do With a Sick or Injured Reptile or Amphibian

If You've Found Healthy Wildlife

If you have found an animal that is not injured or orphaned, please leave it alone. Wild animals have the best chances for survival in the wild. It is illegal to relocate wildlife in Massachusetts. Tufts Wildlife Clinic ONLY admits sick or injured animals. We do not have any ambulatory service to pick up wildlife.

For further assistance on Transport, please refer to the "Who to Call for Help" section on this page.

For bird species questions please call Andrew Vitz, MA Fish and Wildlife State Ornithologist at 508-389-6300.

For further information on living with wildlife, please use the following links:

Common Reptiles & Amphibians