Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society, Inc
Dedicated to the conservation and care of turtles and tortoises.
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Welcome to MATTS!


Mission Statement
The Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting the responsible herpetoculture of turtles and tortoises, promoting and supporting the study of chelonian natural history and conserving Mid-Atlantic chelonian species and habitat.

Who We Are
We are an all-volunteer organization founded in February  1997. We are directed by concerned hobbyists and professionals who saw a need to reach out to the public and improve the conditions under which captive chelonians are kept and try to protect local species and their habitats. While there are other respected herpetological organizations in the area (most members are in the Baltimore -Washington - Northern VA. area, though more than twenty states are now represented), ours is the only one dedicated exclusively to turtles and tortoises.

We offer an adoptions program to help displaced or unwanted pet turtles and tortoises find new, loving homes. We are licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to find new homes for unwanted and/or unreleasable pet native turtles. The adoptions program is funded strictly by donations. We do not receive any grants or reimbursement from DNR or the government. Donations are always welcome!

Please join this exciting society dedicated to the well being of our hard-shelled friends. Together we can study and help preserve these beautiful creatures.

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How You Can Help MATTS

  • Adoption! Have a love for chelonians? Consider adopting one of our Reptile Friends.
  • Monetary Donations! We can only do what we do because of generous, caring people. Consider donating to our programs.
  • Item Donations! We always have a need for specific items to care for our Turtles and Tortoises. Take a look and see if you can help us help them.

Have a Question, Concern, Emergency or most anything Chelonian related? Click here to email us!