GREAT FALLS – Jeremy Allestad has been fascinated with reptiles for as long as he can remember.

His passion for saving them is stronger than ever.

“They are not all scary, but you still need to give them their respect, if you come across them in the wild you don’t want to run from them,” Allestad said.

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At any time of the day, Jeremy is there for your ‘snake emergency,’ often responding to calls in the middle of the night.

Jeremy, 22 years old, founded the Montana Reptile Rescue in March of 2016 and has been trying to turn it into a non-profit for the past two years.

The 24-hour hotline has already re-homed more than 180 critters, and relocated well over 4,000 wild reptiles.

Last summer, Allestad stayed very busy as the very dry conditions resulted in an uptick in the number of people finding snakes in their yards in and around Great Falls.

“They are misunderstood. People always think that when they see one it’s going to come after you, it’s going to attack you when these guys want nothing more than to be left alone in the wild,” Allestad said.

Allestad says if you see a snake and want it removed, call him at 406-750-8663.

Jeremy needs your help turning his dream into a reality. He started a Go Fund Me page and you can donate by clicking here.

Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News