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Reptile & Amphibian Center

Respiratory Infections in Reptiles



Antibiotics given by mouth, injection, or via inhalation are an essential part of treating bacterial respiratory tract infections. If parasites or fungi are involved, different medications will be prescribed. In all cases, an area within the terrarium should be heated to the upper end of the species’ normal temperature gradient and any husbandry issues addressed. Turtles also often require vitamin A injections before their condition can improve.


Living and Management


A well-functioning immune system is necessary if a reptile is to avoid infection with the bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses that it can come in contact with throughout its life. The combination of stress from improper diet, humidity levels or temperature gradients, and a dirty environment will often weaken and overwhelm a reptile’s immune system, which can lead to respiratory infections and other disorders. Therefore, consult your veterinarian as to a proper diet for your reptile and keep the reptile's environment clean and habitable.