Max was purchased at a pet store in North Carolina and lived as a family pet for several years before he was given to the Wildlife Center in January 2014. Reptile pets lack the necessary skills to survive in the wild and can never be released. Max has lived his whole life in captivity and can't protect himself, find food, or locate shelter in the wild. Because he is non-releasable, Max is a permanent education animal at the Center.
In December 2019, Max retired from the education life; after much assessment, it appeared as though he prefers a much quieter environment!