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If your gecko dropped its tail...Read more

If your gecko dropped its tail...

In my 5 years of working with leopard geckos, I have never had a leopard gecko drop its tail, until this year. While changing my leopard gecko hatchlings from my old rack to my new one, one of my tangerine leopard gecko hatchlings dropped her tail. It startled me a bit. When transferring the gecko from the holding container to the new rack, I picked up the gecko and it tried to jump out of my hands, but I grabbed the gecko with my other hand. Big mistake, as I grabbed the tail. The tail quickly started shaking and wriggling, and at first my thoughts were "I'll quickly put her in tub so that she doesn't drop her tail."

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Internal parasites in pet reptilesRead more

Internal parasites in pet reptiles

Looking after an exotic pet like a reptile can prove a bit demanding. Not only do you need to set up the right sort of environment for them to live in, but you need to know all about their nutritional needs too. Some reptiles need to live under special lights when kept in captivity otherwise they fall ill and could even die. You also need to read up on the types of internal parasites commonly found in reptiles and what you need to do to make sure they never suffer a heavy infestation which could prove fatal to them.

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What to do if your reptile has a shedding problemRead more

What to do if your reptile has a shedding problem

There are many problems that can contribute to shedding problems or incomplete sheds, but the most common problem in inadequate humidity levels. Other factors include skin infections, injuries to the skin (including old scars), parasites, malnutrition, and inadequate heating or lighting. For this reason, if incomplete shedding is a problem, it is a good idea to consult with a reptile veterinarian to rule out medical causes. It is always important to make sure you are providing adequate humidity levels to prevent shedding problems, but remember that too much humidity can cause other problems.

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The menu for your red eared sliderRead more

The menu for your red eared slider

Red eared sliders need a diet that is a mixture of both animal and plant materials. Young red eared sliders eat more animal protein so babies are started off on a diet that is more on thecarnivorous side. It is still a good idea to offer vegetation to young turtles although they may not really start eating it until they get older (offering it early on at least makes it less likely they will shy away from trying it as they age). Vegetation should make up a significant part of the diet for adult red eared sliders.

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Salmonella and reptilesRead more

Salmonella and reptiles

Salmonella is a bacterium that is extremely common in reptiles and can cause illness both in reptiles and humans. Reptile owners need to take precautions to keep both themselves and their pets healthy. Salmonella is the general name for a large "family" of bacteria that usually lives in the gastrointestinal system. There are many types of salmonella. Each type, or serotype, has its own two-part name that starts with salmonella and ends with a descriptive name. Some are highly pathogenic, meaning they nearly always cause disease, while others may simply provide reptiles with a healthy population of bacteria in their guts.

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Pyramiding in tortoisesRead more

Pyramiding in tortoises

Pyramiding tortoise shells is probably the most common problem that keepers have with captive tortoises, as it's seldom seen in wild tortoises. The condition doesn't necessarily hurt the tortoise and isn't a problem unless there are dietary deficiencies that can cause malnutrition and other health problems, but for the most part, it's not appealing and it's caused by improper care.

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First aid for your reptileRead more

First aid for your reptile

When properly housed and fed, reptiles rarely face emergency situations. Even so, being prepared in case of an incident can help reduce the severity of injury and may even prevent the need for veterinary assistance.

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Respiratory diseases in tortoises and turtlesRead more

Respiratory diseases in tortoises and turtles

Turtles and tortoises are prone to getting respiratory infections or as we humans like to call it, catching a cold. Our pet turtles don't have play dates with other turtles so why do they get sick and what do we need to do when they do?

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Is live feed a must for your reptile?Read more

Is live feed a must for your reptile?

Professional herpetologists and pet owners have long debated the value of feeding live prey to reptiles. With some it's a good idea, with others it's not – in fact it can be dangerous.

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How to treat reptile's stomatitisRead more

How to treat reptile's stomatitis

Mouth rot is the common name used to describe mouth infections in reptiles. These infections can be of bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic origins. Other possibilities are cancer, foreign body and jaw fractures. Poor husbandry, especially incorrect cage temperatures, poor nutrition and forced feeding predisposes reptiles to mouth infections. Trauma to the nose or mouth areas from cage rubbing or bites from live prey are frequently associated with mouth infections. Mites and ticks often carry bacteria that can cause mouth infections, especially in snakes and lizards.

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