Rehabilitated turtles that cannot be released or are not native to MS are adopted to new homes. If you are interested in adopting a turtle, please complete the Adoption Application* and submit it to email@example.com.
*If you have any problems downloading the application, please email us at the address above, and we can either email you an application or send you one by mail. We've gotten reports that Apple devices have trouble opening the file. If you're using an Apple device, you may try viewing/downloading from a PC instead.
By state law, our facility is NOT open to the public. We are a home-based group and therefore do not offer open tours to view the turtles in our care. Please take a moment to fill out the Adoption Application, which can be found above. Once you submit the application, we will be in touch and, if approved, can set up an appointment to view the turtle you're interested in. Detailed information about each available turtle is available on request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that in most cases, minimum enclosure size for a single adult box turtle is 15 square feet. Glass tanks are not appropriate for box turtles or tortoises. Minimum tank size for an aquatic turtle is 10 gallons of water for every inch of shell length. Space requirements for tortoises vary depending on species. No matter the type of turtle, more space is always better. Pre-approved predator-proofing is required for any turtle that will be housed outdoors. No exceptions.
We do not charge an adoption fee and we do not sell any turtles. All potential adopters will be heavily screened. We are willing to ship, on a case-by-case basis - adopter pays all shipping costs. If a turtle is to be shipped out of state, the adoption must also first be approved by the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Shipping is temperature-sensitive. Depending on where you live, we may not be able to ship to you during summer or winter. There will be absolutely no adoptions, local or otherwise, between Thanksgiving and New Year.
Please be familiar with your state and local laws. We will not willingly or knowingly adopt any turtle where it is prohibited to do so by law. In Mississippi, you MUST possess a "valid Resident Sportsman's License, a Resident All Game Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, a Small Game Hunting and Freshwater Fishing License, or a Non-Resident All Game Hunting License" to possess native turtles. Further, "no person shall possess more than a total of 20 nongame reptiles" and of that 20 "no more than four (4) can be of the same species or subspecies." Mississippi Code of 1972, Section 49-5-107. More on Mississippi laws regarding turtles, frogs, salamanders, or snakes can be found on the website of the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
A turtle is not the right pet for everyone. If you are interested in adopting one, we recommend you do a lot of research and view this video first.