What to look for when buying a Reptile By Mr. “Boo” Chapman
Shipping• Reptiles are imported/shipped they endure the following:• 1. Stress• 2. Extreme changes in temperature• 3. Unsanitary conditions• 4. Lack of food and water
Choosing a Reptile• Make sure they are:• 1. Eating• 2. Eyes should be open• 3. alert to its surroundings• 4. mouth closed – no foaming• 5. No injuries
Signs of Sickness• Turtles that are sick usually drag their rear shell on the ground.• Aquatic turtles swim to one side.• Sick reptiles can become infected with ticks and mites.
Reptile Health• Prevent Disease by :• 1. Start with healthy reptile• 2. Remove feces and uneaten food• 3. Change water
Bacterial Diseases• 1. Salmonella – found in digestive tract, high amounts cause diarrhea. – Transmitted from reptile to human – Mostly found in turtles.• 2. Environmental Control – dirty water, dust, and cold temp. may cause irritation to reptiles eyes. – Treat with antibiotic
Diseases• 3. Mouth Rot – fungal infection caused by sores on mouth. – Treat with Hydrogen peroxide and medicine
Shedding• Snakes Shedding – starts at the snout and goes down to tail. (like it walks out of its skin).
Shedding• Lizards shed in patches and should only take a few days.• Un-shed skin can become infected and should be removed.• Moisture in tanks help reptiles shed skin.
Diseases• No reptile sheds constantly.• Some bacteria or fungi may cause them to shed constantly.• Treat by limiting moisture and provide more UV light.
Parasites• External Parasites – ex. mites and ticks• Do not pull off, use alcohol or an oil on reptile body.• Can irritate reptile and cause them to stop eating and stress out.
Diseases• Vitamin Deficiency –• Symptoms: deformed shell, respiratory problems, constant shedding.• Prevent by using full spectrum heat lamps, UV light, vitamin/mineral supplements.