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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...
Body Condition Score for Reptiles
By Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) The term “body condition score” is a standard scale used by veterinarians to subjectively rate the body weight of an animal relative to what is considered “normal” for a particular species; it is most commonly used to describe dogs and cats. This scale typically ranges from 1-9, with 1 connoting emaciation, 5 suggesting normal weight,...
What to do When Your Lizard Loses Its Tail
By Vanessa Voltolina For the unsuspecting pet parent, having a lizard lose or drop its tail can be unnerving. However, the good news is that, like magic, most lizards can regrow their tails completely. But why does it happen in the first place, and can you prevent it? We spoke with two experts to learn more about why lizards lose their tails and how you can keep your pet as healthy as possible...
Can You Leash Train a Reptile?
Image via NagyDodo/Shutterstock By Vanessa Voltolina Imagine this scene: You’re walking down the block with your dog, and suddenly you see a pet parent strolling along with his or her reptile. While it may seem outlandish, many pet parents wonder if this is a possibility for themselves and their scaly friends. Here, we ask the experts whether leash training a reptile is a good idea and how to...
Frog Care 101: What You Need to Know Before You Get a Frog
By Vanessa Voltolina You may be considering an amphibian, such as a frog or toad, for your next pet. But before you bring your new pet home, it’s important to do your research. “Each species of frog requires different care and buyers need to do their homework before [acquiring] one,” said Cinthia Fabretti, DVM, of Animalis Veterinary. Researching your frog of choice before taking it home...
The 5 Best Reptiles and Amphibians for Kids
By Dr. Laurie Hess, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) Certain reptiles and amphibians can be terrific pets, but some of them can be complicated to keep, and not all of them are appropriate for children. If you’re allergic to feathers or fur, or if you are looking for a pet that is fascinating to watch and requires little to no time out of its enclosure, these incredible reptiles and amphibians might...