The Snake Pit: A Reptile Rescue Operation
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Snakes, geckos and bearded dragons are just some of the reptiles in homes across the Twin Ports right now. But some need to be rescued just like cats and dogs.
That’s why The Snake Pit is on the case in Duluth.
“It’s surprising how many people are reptile owners in the Duluth-superior area — corn snakes, ball pythons, leopard geckos and bearded dragons,” said Sarah Glesner, co-partner of The Snake Pit.
“It looks cute when it’s this big — much like the tortoise. But then when he eats 20 pounds of produce a month, it’s a little bit more work,” explained Roger Hill, co-partner of The Snake Pit.
The non-profit works with animal shelters, veterinarians and police for all types of reptile-rescue situations.
“The landlord came in to clean the place out and here was a spider this big in a tank, and he was like I don’t know what to do with this. I don’t want this,” Hill said as an example of one of the problem calls he’s been on.
And while the couple will happily fill their home with all types of animals, the real prevention, they say, is educating young people.
“Do your homework. Some of these guys require close-spectrum lighting, a good multi-calcium supplement in addition to a varied diet,” Hill said.
“My favorite part about doing this is that these animals that would have been abandoned or killed can be used to teach kids and families about reptiles and how wonderful they are,” Glesner said.