Virginians Interested  Protecting Every Reptile
Gila Monster: A species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States. A heavy, slow-moving lizard, up to 2.0 ft long, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States and one of only two known species of venomous lizards in North America, the other being its close relative, the Mexican beaded lizard. Though the Gila monster is venomous, its sluggish nature means it represents little threat to humans. However, it has earned a fearsome reputation and is sometimes killed despite being protected by state law in Arizona.[
What We Do
  • We provide a reptile educational service to the public and private sectors;
  • to prevent cruelty to reptiles;
  • to effect social change in this area to ensure that reptiles are regarded as loving companions;
  • to disseminate humane educational materials for reptiles;
  • to provide emergency foster care for reptiles at risk, abuse and victims of domestic violence;
  • to assist in finding loving and responsible homes for reptiles locally; 
  • to provide it’s members an outlet to show-off their reptiles, communicate with other reptile enthusiasts, re-home reptiles, trade supplies, share stories, pictures and ideas, and enjoy their reptiles as they should be;
  • to provide and regularly maintain a user-friendly, informational and
resourceful web site advocating reptile awareness, club members, upcoming meetings/events, reptiles available for adoption, educational information and their well-being
  1. Did you know? There are more than 8,000 species of reptiles on the planet, and the live on every continent except Antarctica (where it is too cold)

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