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    What do you consider as a rescue? Just wondering, I see it a lot in the herp community. Have you ever rescued a reptile? Preferably would like to hear some stories with happy outcomes!

    I consider that I rescued mine, they were not neglected or ill treated, but they would have been euthanised had I not had them. The worst rescue case I've heard of lately was a boa constrictor that was being kept in a PILLOW CASE. I have no idea how the person managed to end up with such a snake and why they didn't run out to get something, anything better than that to keep it in... I'm happy to say a friend of mine rehomed him and he is now living happily in a giant viv.

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    To me, a "rescue" is an animal that is dying or unhealthy, and is given to me at no cost.
    I think "rescue" is an extremely overused word in the herp world.
    If somebody bought a sick animal at a pet store, they did not rescue it. They simply bought a sick animal, which actually should be discouraged. If they don't know how to properly keep the animal (many don't) it was definitely NOT a rescue.
    If somebody takes a herp out of the wild, it is not a rescue. A kidnapping, perhaps, but not a rescue. (Please note, I am not always opposed to wild caught herps.)
    Yes, people really say they are rescuing a herp from the wild. I even saw somebody on a forum who claimed to have "rescued" a turtle from the river it was swimming in.
    Amazing. What a hero.
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    I would totally consider that a rescue! Rescuing is not just about the actual health but the love as well! That animal was going to be killed, and you saved it! And even more, gave it care and affection! A great place to find animals that really need help, is craigslist. From there, I have rescued: A leopard gecko with a horrible eye infection that almost blinded him, retained skin that amputated most of his fingers, and huge sperm plugs. A Leopard gecko who was 37 grams at 8 inches long, only fed 5 crickets every two weeks, and was missing a hand. A painted turtle living in a critter keeper. And a crested gecko living in a horizontal enclosure with a hot heat lamp and no powdered food, only crickets. My one gecko has poor eyesight, but can hunt, and some of his nails are starting to grow back! My other one is now at 40 grams on eats on a (almost) daily basis. My turtle is now in a clean, 30 gallon enclosure and basks daily. And my crested gecko is now in a vertical 20 gallon long, chowing down on pangea, and is almost never on the ground! Kudos to you for saving that beautiful creature. Even if it was not DYING, you still gave it a great home and took the sacrifice of bringing it in rather then letting it die.

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    I saved a baby skink that was caught by its tale in a spider web.
    Whould that be considered a rescue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptilelover247 View Post
    I saved a baby skink that was caught by its tale in a spider web.
    Whould that be considered a rescue?
    Not by the spider.

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