A 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization

About Us

The Southern California Herpetology Association & Rescue (SCHA&R) has been around for over 30 years and has become one of the foundations for education, rescue and exhibits in Southern California.  The knowledge and experience of our members is unmatched in the industry.



The Southern California Herpetology Association & Rescue is dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of information and knowledge through the literary and verbal communication regarding the collection, examination, management, treatment and propagation of herpetological species.



SCHA&R currently holds monthly meetings:

In Orange County – Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm

Meeting locations will vary depending on the agenda for the meeting.  We like to have guest lectures, social outings and special sponsor hosts for our meetings so be sure to check meetup.com/the-reptile-club for updates on the location.

The monthly meetings consists of:

  • Questions & Answers:  If you have a question or need an answer about an animal come and speak with others like you and see if can get the answers you are looking for
  • Upcoming Event Updates: SCHA&R participates in numerous exhibition events for charity, education and promotional purposes throughout the year and we encourage members to come out and support those causes.
  • Guest Speakers: On occasion the SCHA&R will host a wide variety of guest speakers for your information as well as your entertainment. Some of the past speakers include: Dr. Tom Greek, Bob Applegate of Applegate Reptiles, Kyle Chang of California Fish and Game as well as many others
  • Great Drawing Prizes: During the monthly meeting the SCHA will hold a drawing for an assortment of great donated prizes including animals and supplies provided by our Supporting Shops and other members.


The SCHA&R does hold a monthly drawing that can include live animals. The SCHA&R and its members are not responsible for any items placed in the drawing. If something does not look healthy or is out of place, please bring it to the attention of a board member right away so the situation can be corrected. If an animal is selected, it is done so at your own discretion.