Reptile & Amphibian Center

Jul 18,2008

Fungi can cause various types of disease, often affecting multiple body organs or systems in the reptile. These infections can occur anywhere in its body, including the skin, respiratory tract, stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, and spleen. Unfortunately, most fungal diseases can be terminal for the reptile. Symptoms and Types of Reptile Fungus The reptile will generally show signs of weight… Read More

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Jul 02,2008

Tongue Worms Reptiles are as susceptible to internal parasites infections as any other animal. Tongue worms are one type of parasite which can be seen in various reptile species. These worms are classified as pentastomes and were first diagnosed in poisonous snakes from the tropical climate.    Symptoms and Types  Since the tongue worms can infect any tissue in the reptile’s body, the signs in… Read More

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Jul 02,2008

Spirurid Worm Reptiles can become infected with an internal parasite directly or through a carrier (i.e., other animals). One such internal parasite, the Spirurid worm, infects multiple organs and systems in reptiles, including inside the stomach lining, body cavities, or blood vessels. It belongs to the Dracunculus species of endoparasites – parasites that live within another organism. Symptoms… Read More

Jul 02,2008

Beak Overgrowth in Turtles and Tortoises Turtles and tortoises do not have teeth, but instead grab and chew their food using the sharp edges of their beaks. If an animal’s beak becomes overgrown or does not wear properly, it may have difficulty eating. Symptoms Signs of abnormal beak growth include: Overgrown upper beak Upper and lower beaks that do not meet evenly Difficulty grabbing, chewing… Read More

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Jul 02,2008

Many different types of viruses can cause disease in reptiles, but the adenovirus is of particular concern to owners of bearded dragons. Other reptiles, including some snake and lizard species, can also be infected, but young bearded dragons are the most susceptible. Symptoms and Types Typical symptoms of adenovirus infection include: Weight loss Diarrhea Weakness Depression Unfortunately, some… Read More