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How to Check the Water Quality in Your Turtle Tank
Image via iStock.com/sergeyryzhov By John Virata Aquatic turtles are one of the most popular reptiles in the hobby today. Watching them in their turtle tank setup can be a calming and enjoyable experience. However, aquatic turtles are messy animals, and if you don’t properly maintain and monitor your turtle’s water, your turtle can become sick and prone to disease. Check and change the water...
How to Bathe Your Reptile
How to Bathe Your Reptile
By Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Reptiles, unlike mammals, can absorb water through their skin. So, to stay hydrated, they don’t have to drink but simply can bathe. Wild reptiles bathe themselves, but pet reptiles must be given proper tools to do this. How an owner bathes a pet reptile depends, to some extent, on the species. However, a few rules apply to bathing all...
Cryptosporidiosis - “Crypto” - in Lizards
By Jennifer Coates, DVM Lizard owners need a lot of information to take care of their pets successfully. If you don’t know the latest about the potentially fatal disease called cryptosporidiosis or crypto, you may be putting your lizards at risk. What is Cryptosporidiosis?Cryptosporidia are one-celled parasites (protozoa) that affect many different species of animals. It appears that the types...
Caring for a Baby Gecko
By Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Geckos are one of the most popular lizard species kept as pets. Baby geckos can make adorable additions to any family and when housed and fed properly can grow up to be hardy adults that live many years. The key is to educate yourself before you get them so that you can set them up right from the start. More than 2,000 species of gecko, varying...
Hypothermia in Reptiles
By Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Reptiles are ectotherms — cold-blooded animals whose body temperature regulation depends on external sources, such as direct sunlight or a heater. Without external heat sources, all reptiles — snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises — become hypothermic, meaning their body temperature declines. As a result, they become less active, their...
How to Tell if Your Lizard is Sick
By Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) Lizards can make wonderful pets. They come in all shapes and sizes—from bearded dragons to geckos to iguanas and others—and can be fascinating to learn about and to care for. Different species have varying temperature, humidity, light, and nutritional requirements, and before taking a reptile home, potential reptile owners should learn...