Keepers Code of Ethics

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

USARK puts the health, well being and safety of these animals as our first consideration.

USARK maintains that public safety, bological & environmental integrity, and the safety of the keeper be considered before any actions involving these animals.

USARK provides clean, well constructed and secure enclosures to house these animals.

USARK employs strict safety protocols in the housing and handling of these animals.

USARK objects to minors keeping any venomous reptiles.

USARK objects to reckless and irresponsible behavior in regards to the keeping, breeding or transfer of reptiles.

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

USARK considers access to quality medical care and veterinary care a prerequisite to ownership.

USARK endorses training and mentoring programs necessary to ensure the highest standards of proficiency in working with these animals.

USARK regards the intentional release of exotic reptiles into the wild as highly irresponsible and believes there are NO circumstances that justify the act.

USARK is committed to conservation, education and community out reach. Spreading the truth about reptiles is crucial to overcoming cultural bias, negative stereotypes and unsubstantiated fears that threaten the private ownership of these magnificent creatures.