Reptile & Amphibian Center

Oral Inflammation (Mouth Rot) in Reptiles




Treatment for mouth rot usually includes a course of antibiotics and a cleaning of the reptile’s mouth with an antiseptic. Surgery to remove badly damaged oral tissues may be necessary in severe cases. Animals that are unable to eat and drink while they are recovering will need fluid therapy and nutritional support. Any husbandry oversights must also be addressed or the condition is likely to return.




A healthy diet, proper temperature gradients and humidity levels, and a clean environment are all essential to preventing mouth rot.