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Reptile & Amphibian Center

Stargazing Syndrome in Reptiles



Appropriate treatment for stargazing syndrome depends on its underlying cause. If a bacterial infection is to blame, a veterinarian will prescribe a course of antibiotics. Medications such as corticosteroids can also decrease swelling an inflammation and help under certain circumstances.

Unfortunately, no effective treatment is available for inclusion body disease, a disorder causing stargazing syndrome, but with supportive care, some infected boas will live for months before succumbing to the virus.


Living and Management

Some cases of stargazing resolve with time and treatment. Nutritional support and fluid therapy is often necessary while a reptile is recovering from an episode of stargazing. However, if a reptile’s condition fails to improve despite appropriate therapy, or if its quality of life is poor, euthanasia is the best option.