Small Scale Reptile Rescue Has a Large Scale Problem: Please Help


Get this lovely fellow: When investigators turned up at Jason Littel’s cabin in East Troy, WI following up on complaints of sexual assault, they found 400 animals, many hognose snakes, various species of smaller reptiles and various frog species.

Jason Littel

Turns out Littel was charged with five counts of first degree sexual abuse, and use of a dangerous weapon.

The good news is that Littel was a snake breeder, who did a good job of caring for the animals. The bad news is that Littel won’t be home in the near future to care for them.

So, what happens to all these animals? That’s where Small Scale Reptile Rescue comes in.

Hognose snake

The rescue hopes to soon be adopting them out. We’re talking many hognose snakes (and in some states permits are required to own these snakes, though not really dangerous to people – so the snakes may be a challenge to find qualified homes for); as well as leopard geckoes, crested geckoes, gargoyle geckoes, leachie geckoes (Giant Leachianus Geckos), bearded dragons, poison dart frogs and White’s tree frogs. Incidentally, most of the individuals of species where it matters – such as bearded dragons – are well socialized, and handleable.

As if this odd case isn’t enough, Small Scale Reptile Rescue was just informed that another owner was institutionalized in Dane County due to mental health issues, including hoarding. Small Scale Reptile Rescue is expected to receive an additional 130 animals, mostly leopard geckos.

Leopard gecko

The problem is simply in volume. This number exceeds the number of animals cared for by Small Scale Reptile Rescue in 2016, 2017 and up to now in 2018 all combined. They are financially not equipped to care for them, including the cost of food. After all, they are Small Scale Reptile Rescue, and within a matter of days became Large Scale Reptile Rescue.

I don’t typically tout gofund me type pages but if this story occurred to a dog or cat rescue, it would (rightly so) be all over the news. These reptiles and amphibians have done nothing wrong, and deserve to live out their lives.

Here is the link to that gofund me page.

Even if you’re not a ‘reptile person,’ I do hope you share this post so people who care about cold-blooded friends can spread the word.

If you’re interested in adoption or can help, a direct email: