Reptile & Amphibian Center

Subscribe to PetMD's Newsletter

Get practical pet health tips, articles, and insights from our veterinary community delivered weekly to your inbox.

What Do Lizards Eat?
What Do Lizards Eat?
By Laurie Hess, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) Lizards of all kinds are very popular pets, and given the variety of lizard species available today, it can be confusing to know what to feed them. Some lizards are carnivores (eat only animal products), some are herbivores (eat only vegetable and fruit) and some are omnivores (eat both meat and vegetables plus fruit). It is impossible to generalize...
How Can I Tell if My Snake is Sick?
By Laurie Hess, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) Reptiles do everything slowly – they move slowly, eat slowly, digest slowly and even get sick slowly. And when they do get sick, they often take a long time, weeks to even months, to show signs of illness. Therefore, it can be very difficult for snake owners to realize that their pets are ill until the disease is advanced. How can pet snake owners...
What to Do If Your Pet Snake Bites You
By Laurie Hess, DVM, Dipl ABVP (Avian Practice) In general, most non-venomous snake species commonly kept as pets are gentle and do not typically bite their owners if they are unprovoked. All species can, however, bite unexpectedly if they are startled or excessively hungry. Starving reptiles may lash out to grab rodent prey and accidently bite a human hand holding the prey. Snakes may also be...
How Long Do Turtles Live?
by Nick Vadala When it comes to how long turtles live, the answers can be elusive. However, as potential pet owners should know, most species are generally able to live for decades and could potentially serve as a near-lifelong family member. After all, for many species, scientists and researchers are unable to pin down an exact lifespan. “In most cases, many of the aquatic turtle...
Fractured Bone in Reptiles
Bone Fractures in ReptilesNo matter how well you care for your pet reptile, it may break or fracture a bone. These fractured or broken bones can occur anywhere in its body, including the pelvis, neck, legs, spine, or tail.  CausesEven when fractures in the bone are directly related to an accident, the underlying cause for the weakness in the bone will need to be assessed. Often, bone weakness is...
Can Your Reptile Bond with You?
By Jill Fanslau Reptiles are cold-blooded, but does that mean they’re cold-hearted, too? Experts aren’t exactly sure if reptiles have the ability to bond with humans or not. “Unlike domesticated dogs and cats, reptiles have retained their primitive characteristics,” says Adam Denish, VMD, a veterinarian at Rhawnhurst Animal Hospital in Philadelphia and Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown,...