Unwanted Reptiles Find New Home in Snook

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Teresa Shisk-Saling loves her babies, her nearly 300 reptile babies.

"They are my children, and every single one of them has a name," said Shisk-Saling.

All the animals at her Snook home were pets at one time, but are "no longer wanted, have been found abandoned," said Shisk-Saling. "Are sick and injured and we give them a place to live out their life."

A place to live out life without being sent somewhere else.

"We don't take 'em in, fix 'em up and pass them on. They pretty much come here to stay," said Shisk-Saling.

Where they stay is Teresa's backyard, or one of the reptile houses.

"I've had people wanna come out and see my facility and its like 'its my backyard- its not a zoo'," said Shisk-Saling.

Many of the animals were previously malnourished, and are in no condition for visitors.

"Without calcium, you can't get strong bones and teeth," said Shisk-Sauling, referring to one of her disabled turtles.

Other reptiles are fine with the spotlight. She walks at least one on a leash, and cuddles with a few others, including a monitor named "PC."

"Their favorite food is baby cobra and they'll actually beat them on the ground 'til they're dead and slurp 'em up like spaghetti," said Shisk-Saling.

If endearing traits like that don't make readers fall in love, Teresa thinks that's a good thing. It may mean fewer misfit pets make their way to her already full reptile sanctuary.

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