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Proteus Reptile Trust

We share our site with our sister sanctuary, Proteus Reptile Trust. This charity was set up by our founders many years before Brockswood was born, and continues to run today; dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of sick, injured and unwanted reptiles from all over the country. Like us, Proteus receives no outside funding, and relies on the generous donations of people like you to continue to carry out their important work with these, often overlooked, animals. 

At any one time, they cater for up to 350 reptiles, from tiny Geckos to large Monitors, from Corn Snakes to giant Pythons and everything in-between.

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Re-homing Centre

There are so many reptiles in the world looking for a home - please consider adopting your new scaly friend instead of buying from a pet shop. Proteus has a large variety of species of all shapes and sizes, suitable for both beginners and the more experienced keeper. These wonderful animals are all looking for a happy home, where they can enjoy the rest of their lives.

Visit the re-homing centre (open every Saturday) and chat to the knowledgeable team. Meet some of the different species and see what would be best for you. You will be guided through the re-homing process and receive as much advice as you would like along the way.

Reptile Boarding Facility

Let the experts at Proteus take care of your much-loved friend while you are away! All profits from boarding go straight back in to the care of reptiles in need, such as important veterinary treatment, and the high running costs of caring for so many animals in need, so you can go on holiday with a smile, knowing that your pets are safe and you are helping others in need too!

The rescue's boarding room is safe, completely secure, and can cater for a wide variety of different species and sizes.

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Rescue & Rehabilitation

Proteus frequently take in animals that have been subject to cruelty and neglect, from animals with terrible burns and injuries to those found dumped in bins like unwanted throwaway items! With expert care, veterinary treatment and patience, many of these go on to become healthy, happy animals, ready to find their new forever home!

Sadly, some of these animals have simply been through too much, and these will live long-term at the centre, where they can be loved and cared for for the rest of their lives.


Proteus was founded at the height of the popularity of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when people were rushing out to buy pet turtles and often keeping them very badly, knowing almost nothing about the species and their needs - a trait that sadly didn't end in the '80s.  Proteus provide education and advice to reptile keepers, so that these animals are kept properly. 

Proteus provide work experience placements for students wanting to learn more about these wonderful animals, and can cater for school/college groups. They have also provided lectures for veterinary university students.

They also run biannual Tortoise health check sessions in the Brockswood classroom, so do look out for those if you have pet tortoises!

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Opening Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they are currently open on an appointment basis only. Get in touch to book a slot.


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