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Keepers’ Code of Ethics

The North Carolina Association of Reptile Keepers strives to uphold the highest ethical standards in the keeping, care, breeding, and sale of reptiles and amphibians.

NCARK considers the health, well-being, and safety of reptiles and amphibians to be paramount.

NCARK maintains that public safety, biological and environmental integrity, and the safety of keepers to be crucial regarding reptiles and amphibians kept under human care.

NCARK endorses the use of only clean, well-constructed, and secure enclosures to house reptiles and amphibians.

NCARK endorses the use of strict safety protocols in the housing and handling of reptiles and amphibians.

NCARK objects to minors keeping venomous reptiles, crocodilians, or large constrictors.

NCARK objects to reckless and irresponsible behavior in regards to the keeping, breeding, or transferring of reptiles and amphibians.

NCARK objects to negligent shipping and transportation procedures which are not humane, safe, and secure.

NCARK believes it is the personal responsibility of every keeper to educate themselves on the specific requirements of any animal they wish to keep as a prerequisite to ownership.​

NCARK considers access to quality medical care and veterinary care to be required for responsible ownership.

NCARK endorses training and mentoring programs necessary to ensure the highest standards of proficiency in working with reptiles and amphibians.

NCARK regards the intentional release of non-native reptiles and amphibians into the wild as highly irresponsible and believes there are NO circumstances that justify the act.

NCARK is committed to conservation, education, and community outreach. Spreading factual information about reptiles is crucial to overcoming cultural bias, negative stereotypes, and unsubstantiated fears that threaten the private ownership of these magnificent creatures, as well as their continued survival in the wild.