Category: Health

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Why Enclosure Design Matters

Why Enclosure Design Matters

Enrichment is an extremely important aspect of reptile welfare that can reduce stress-related behaviors. [...]
Snake Fungal Disease Appeared In USA As Far Back As 1945, Study Says

Snake Fungal Disease Appeared In USA As Far Back As 1945, Study Says

A microbiologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, looked at more than 500 preserved snakes in [...]
Sea Turtle Speared In Florida Recovering At Turtle Hospital

Sea Turtle Speared In Florida Recovering At Turtle Hospital

Splinter is in recovery after the 3-foot long spear was removed from her body. [...]
Reptile Vet Safely Removes Hot Wheel From Pet Lace Monitor

Reptile Vet Safely Removes Hot Wheel From Pet Lace Monitor

The big lizard is doing much better thanks to a non-surgical method of removing the toy car from its stomach. [...]
Green Tree Python With Broken Jaw Fixed With Paper Clip And Superglue

Green Tree Python With Broken Jaw Fixed With Paper Clip And Superglue

Dr. Joshua Llinas, of HerpVet in Mt. Ommaney in Queensland, Australia fixed the jaw of Toothless after she damaged it while feeding. [...]
How A Russian Tortoise Survived A Dog Bite

How A Russian Tortoise Survived A Dog Bite

An English mastiff bites a Russian tortoise and a vet team saves him just in time. [...]
Why Is My Chinese Water Dragon Skinny?

Why Is My Chinese Water Dragon Skinny?

If your water dragon looks skinny to you, please seek out a veterinarian to run a fecal test. [...]
Baby Sulcata Tortoise Fitted For 3D Printed Legs After Fire Burns Them

Baby Sulcata Tortoise Fitted For 3D Printed Legs After Fire Burns Them

A new bulb caused a fire in Bump's enclosure, severely damaging her legs. [...]
The Vet Report: At The First Sign of Illness, Take Your Reptile to a Vet

The Vet Report: At The First Sign of Illness, Take Your Reptile to a Vet

About five years ago, I wrote about an experience I had at a national reptile expo. Very few people know what I look like, because my mug shot has nev [...]
Some Snakes Swallow The Darnest Things

Some Snakes Swallow The Darnest Things

A brown tree snake was brought to a veterinary clinic in north Queensland, Australia after a snake catcher removed it from a barbecue next to a house. [...]
Reptile Medicine: It’s Not Always Fun

Reptile Medicine: It’s Not Always Fun

As a veterinarian, I have certainly experienced “miracle” cases—those in which animals survive and thrive regardless of the odds&mda [...]
Reptile Fractures: Causes And Practical Therapy

Reptile Fractures: Causes And Practical Therapy

Fractures in captive reptiles are common and are almost always secondary to some form of metabolic bone disease. Nutritional secondary hyperparathyroi [...]
Ball Python Snake Not Eating

Ball Python Snake Not Eating

I moved my ball python snake into a new terrarium and now he is not eating. What is wrong with him? [...]
Get The Most Out Of Your Next Reptile Vet Visit

Get The Most Out Of Your Next Reptile Vet Visit

No matter what brings you into a vet’s office, ask questions, and be comfortable with the choices you make. [...]
Chytrid Fungus Now In Kansas

Chytrid Fungus Now In Kansas

Wichita State University students find evidence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in three locations in the state. [...]

Caecilians Susceptible To Chytrid Fungus, Study Says

Of 200 caecilians tested, 58 were found to be positive for the fungus, many which later died. [...]
University Of Pennsylvania Conducting Pain Research On Pet Lizards

University Of Pennsylvania Conducting Pain Research On Pet Lizards

If your lizard has orthopedic disease, injury or bone-related illnesses, you may qualify for a free study. [...]
British Researchers Perform Ultrasound On 198-pound Reticulated Python

British Researchers Perform Ultrasound On 198-pound Reticulated Python

It took eight zookeepers to move Bali, a 23-foot-long resident of the Chester Zoo. [...]
Snake Anatomy

Snake Anatomy

Know your snake inside and out with this snake anatomy introduction. [...]
Rethinking Reptile Lighting

Rethinking Reptile Lighting

  In the early 1940s, our knowledge of the effects of light on reptiles and amphibians was very limited. It w [...]
Vivarium Fungus

Vivarium Fungus

Q. I have a natural vivarium with a substrate mixed according to Rex Lee Searcey’s “Flourish Over Failure” article in the 2009 Re [...]
Sulcata Tortoise Health Problems

Sulcata Tortoise Health Problems

1. Pyramiding Pyramiding of the carapace scutes is the most common problem with captive African spurred tortoises (Centrochelys [Geochelo [...]
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