Reptiles Health Archives

Normal and Abnormal Shedding in Pet Reptiles

health-shedding Reptiles don’t have fur to shed but they do routinely shed their skin. Some reptiles don’t have any problems shedding their skin but many others have issues that can be easily prevented. How Often Do Reptiles Shed? Reptiles shed as they grow and then routinely once they are full grown. Each kind of reptile may [...]

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What Are Those Bumps On My Reptile’s Neck?

health-ear-infections When most people think of an ear infection they don’t picture a bulging ear. Anyone who has had an infected ear know they are very painful, but don’t typically end up with an abscessed ear. Reptile ear infections unfortunately aren’t recognized until they form an abscess – a large bulge behind or under their ear [...]

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Vitamin A Deficiency in Reptiles

health-vitamin Cause: Lack of appropriate levels of Vitamin A in the diet. Why Vitamin A is Important: Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is an essential part of the diet. It is important in the functioning of the skin, mucous membranes, retina (part of the eye), muscles, immune system, reproductive system and other systems [...]

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health-bone Metabolic bone disease (MBD) is a well recognized and all too common disease of reptiles. Other terms which may be used include fibrous osteodystrophy, osteomalacia, secondary nutritional hyperparathyroidism, osteoporosis, and rickets. There is no single cause and the disease is not as simple a calcium deficiency. However, the primary problem is a disruption of calcium [...]

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health-parasites Reptiles can have normal and abnormal parasites. Internal parasites or “worms” are very common and can be normal and safe in wild and pet reptiles while external parasites, such as mites, are not considered normal. External Parasites Mites and Chiggars – These are very tiny external parasites. Most reptile owners don’t even know their pet [...]

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