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My name is Zennyo Ryuo!

Posted 1 year ago

Adoption process

Submit Application




Home Check


Approve Application


Sign Adoption Contract


Pay Fee

My basic info

Pet ID

My details

Checkmark in teal circle Needs experienced adopter

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:

Hi! My name is Zennyo Ryuo which is a rain-god dragon in Japanese mythology.

I was found as a stray and assumed to be a desert iguana so needless to say I was in terrible shape. Luckily my finder took me to the shelter where they started to help me get well medically and then I was transferred to rescue to finish my recovery. I am now ready to find my forever home!

Because most of us are wild caught and sold on the cheap, people don't understand that we are not a beginner pet. We are already under a lot of stress and many of us don't make it past 2 years old due to poor housing and care. I'm really excited for the outlook of my life because the rescue will make sure that my new family knows everything they need to so I can have a long and happy life, which can be 10 to 15 years!

Unlike iguanas that look like me, I am very friendly and easy to handle. I love to eat all the bugs I can possibly get, and I can eat quite a lot, too! Fish are a great food for me too.

I am a climber, and a swimmer, I need 80% humidity, and I don't understand glass. My confusion can cause me to rub my face along the glass until I cause permanent damage to my nose and I can injure my jaw. You will need to provide me with a custom-built enclosure that is about 6 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet deep, and 4 to 6 feet long. The larger my enclosure, the less likely I am to hurt my face. Don't worry, the rescue will provide you with all of the information that you will need to prepare for my arrival :)

Almost all green water dragons appear female until they attain 14 to 16 inches in length, at which time males begin to develop larger heads, jowls, and a higher nuchal crest. The femoral pores of adult males are slightly larger than that of females too. When dragons are mature and able to breed, they are generally about 2 years old and 2 feet long. I am most likely female but we are still waiting to be sure.

I am a lovely dragon and if treated right I can be happy and healthy and bring joy to your heart and brighten your day!

If you think we may be a good match, or you would like to get to know me better, please click the Adoption Application button below my bio on the rescue website, here is the link -

1- We can only accept applications from interested parties who are in or near San Diego County, California at this time.
2- We do not ship reptiles but we may be willing to work with you if you are willing to travel if you are still in Southern California.
3- #2 will depend on the animal that you are applying for and is at the discretion of the board of directors.
Small Breed Rescue of Southern California

Contact info

Pet ID
Michelle Meschko
Vista, CA 92083

Their adoption process


Submit Application

Application is located under the pet's profile on



Phone interview


Home Check

Home introduction if the interview goes well to ensure it is a good match for all involved.


Approve Application


Sign Adoption Contract


Pay Fee

This is all usually done during the home introduction inless other arrangements are needed.

Additional adoption info

Application links are individual to each animals and will be provided in the adoption summary.

Adoption application

More about this rescue

Small Breed Rescue of Southern California is an all-volunteer, non-profit, foster based organization funded by donations. We are dedicated to rescuing small breed dogs, small reptiles and select exotic pets primarily from public shelters and other rescues. Being committed to keeping administrative expenses low, virtually every dollar received goes directly to the care of the animals.

Our rescue is uniquely structured to rehabilitate animals who are at high risk of euthanasia due to manageable behavioral challenges, such as dogs who are declining in a shelter environment or reptiles / exotics that have not been properly handled over their lifetime. We develop relationships to accommodate these specific assistance needs, which is what differentiates us from other rescue organizations.

We have assembled a foster team that consists of experienced individuals who bring particular skills from the animal welfare industry. This enables us to grow, educate and enrich our foster community in a manner that supports our specific needs and those of our animals.

Our group remains interested in and committed to the welfare of the animals beyond the adoption process by providing education, training tips, resource references, and an open door policy to our adopters.