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Based in North Carolina, USA




Can I pre-order a reptile?

No. To give all reptile enthusiasts a fair chance, we do not accept pre-orders. To be the first to know about new reptiles, join the mailing list.


Can I pick up locally?

No. At this time, local pickup is not available - all animals will be shipped to your doorstep!

Are animals safe during shipping?

Yes. Shipping live reptiles is an ever-improving process that keeps the well being of our animals the priority. To date, Emerald Scales has shipped over 300 reptiles, 99% of which arrived to their new owners in perfect condition. This is accomplished with the fastest, safest packaging possible which includes padding, temperature control, insulation, ventilation, and clear instructions for delivery drivers. See our live arrival guarantee here.


At this time, we only ship to the contiguous USA (all states EXCEPT Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Some animals cannot be shipped to certain states. As an example, corn snakes cannot be shipped to Georgia.


Reptiles can only arrive at your destination Tuesday through Friday. We cannot have the arrival date on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

How long can you hold a reptile?

A maximum of 2 weeks from the day you order for reptiles, a maximum of 5 weeks for axolotls. For example, if you order a reptile on January 1st, you must be able to take delivery by January 14th. (Assuming the weather permits).

When will my reptile arrive?

When you're ready. Your reptile will not be shipped until we personally verify a date with you. Available days for arrival are Tuesday through Friday. Weekend delivery is not available. Animals are shipped overnight, and are in a box for less than 24 hours.

Do I have to be home when the reptile arrives?

The animal will be dropped off at your doorstep, usually by 10:30am. For the safety of the animal, you, or somebody in your household must be available to get the box off of your doorstep as soon as possible.