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Bearded Dragon Not Eating

Why would our beardies suddenly stop eating?

Can A Retic With Inclusion Body Disease Still Strike?

Inclusion body disease is known to strike pythons and boas.

The Vet Report: Salmonella In Reptiles

In the 1970s, red-eared sliders were so popular in the pet trade that they were actually raised in human sewage ponds —hence the source of the Salmonella

The Vet Report: Contrary To Popular Belief, Snakes Can Hear

“Well, Mr. Jones, I have to disagree with you. Snakes do have internal ears, and they can hear.”

The Vet Report: Puka, The Sea Turtle With A Hole

When Puka came to the Turtle Hospital, the director at first wanted to euthanize her. My first thought was that I had to agree. A hole in a sea turtle —not good.

Metabolic Bone Disease In Reptiles

MBD is not actually a single disease entity, it is a collection of medical disorders affecting the integrity and function of bones.

Reptile Medicine Behind Bars At The Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm

The Monroe County Jail in Florida is home to a variety of animals, cared for by inmates.

The Vet Report: Reptile Vomiting and Regurgitation

The two most common causes of vomiting or regurgitation in snakes are low-environmental temperature and handling the animal too soon after eating.

The Vet Report: Don’t Diagnose Your Herps Via The Internet. Find A Good Reptile Vet

Long-distance medicine is a reality, but it requires trained individuals on both ends of the cyber connection to collect all the data and formulate a diagnosis and plan.

Mites in Reptiles

Mites can be both a nuisance and a costly problem in any reptile collection.

Dr. Douglas Mader Bids Farewell: Thank You REPTILES Readers

After 23 years answering over 350 questions in over 250 columns and writing numerous columns, Dr. Douglas Mader bids farewell.

The Vet Report: Environmental Enrichment for Reptiles

Environmental enrichment will improve the health of captive reptiles.

The Vet Report: Burns in Reptiles

The Vet Report: A List of Common Internal Parasites in Reptiles

A Crocodilian Christmas

The Vet Report: Working On Hot Herps

The Vet Report: Routine Blood Testing In Reptiles Is Encouraged

The Vet Report: Herp First Aid Kit Checklist

The Vet Report: Sulcata Tortoise Spine Abnormality

The Vet Report: Inclusion Body Disease

My Leopard Gecko Is Not Eating

My leopard gecko ran away and now that I found her again, she won't eat. Why is this?

White Tortoise Feces

Why is my tortoise’s feces white?

Bearded Dragon Will Not Eat

My bearded dragon recently stopped eating and I was wondering what would cause this?

Snake Winter Anorexia

Do ball pythons typically go through a hibernation state during the winter?

Leopard Gecko Eye Problem

My leopard gecko can’t open his eye.

Can we give medication to our reptiles by putting the meds inside feeders, such as a pinky mouse?

Chinese Water Dragon With Mouth Lump

My female Chinese water dragon has a strange whitish lump on the outside of her mouth.


An injured crocodile was taken to surgery, and about four hours, four plates and 41 stainless steel screws later, “RoboCroc,” was reborn.

Why is my African fat-tailed gecko lethargic and eating less?

Why is my African fat-tailed gecko lethargic and eating less?

Anorexic Leopard Gecko

I was told my lizards have worms and was prescribed Panacur, which I’ve administered now for a week without any change in condition. What else can I do?

How can you tell the difference between a herp injury and a disease?

Basilisk Belly Irritation

What is the red irritation on my basilisk's belly?

How do I clip my monitor lizard’s nails?

Can a lizard get cancer in its leg? If so, should the leg be amputated?

My lizard has not eaten since I got her, and she also has a bottlejaw, which I think is from hypoproteinemia due to parasites. Can you help?

I cannot find any information on the Snake Virus Paramyxovirus. Can you help?

Turtle With Worms: I have noticed a very thin, white-clear, stringlike material coming out of my reptile's cloaca. What is this?

Constipated Lizard...What Should I do?

My leopard gecko is sick. After taking him to a local vet, we are now warm-water soaking him, force feeding him, and providing a laxative. He still, however, has not defecated. Also, the skin behind his anal slit is very swollen. What should I do?

Can reptiles get colds?

Circling Iguana

Why is my iguana walking around in circles?

Lizard Foot Lump

My grandson's reptile has a lump on his foot and wants to know what it might be?

Do Reptiles Get Hemorrhoids?

Do reptiles get hemorrhoids?

Lizard Limb Injury

My herp was bleeding from his right back leg like he scraped it and he has humps in his back kind of like he fell. What should I do?

Lizard With Soft Stool

My reptile's stool is sort of soft. Is this a problem? And if so, what can I do about it?

Lizard With Swollen Jaw and Leg, Losing Weight

My reptile looks like it has renal failure. Is there anything that i can do to help him get better?

Reptile Calcium Deficiency

My reptile has been diagnosed with a swollen mouth and throat, and a calcium deficiency.

Hypocalcemic Herp

My lizard has many problems after a fall. What is wrong with it?

Donating Herps For Research

My daughter's lizard recently died. She is storing it in a plastic bag in the freezer. Can we donate it for research and to whom?

Leopard Gecko Everted Hemipenis

I noticed my lizard has a large bump on his underside near where the tail connects to his body.

Screaming Lizard

Today I picked up my reptile and she started screaming and when I put her down she kept screaming and running around and twisting her body. What could be wrong?

Swollen Chameleon Eye

I take good care of my lizard. Any ideas on what causes his eye to be swollen?

Ball Python Blister Disease

My ball python's belly appears to have blisters and orange dots. Is this blister disease?

Ball Python Won't Eat

How can I get my ball python to eat?

Do Snakes Fart?

Do snakes pass gas?

Preventing Herp Breeding

Is it possible to castrate a reptile?

Ball Python Refusing to Eat

Why is my ball python snake refusing to eat?

Garter Snake Won't Drink

Young albino garter snake won't drink and spits clear fluid.

What causes, and how do you treat, a dried out turtle shell?

It looks like my turtle is stretching out her neck and trying to swallow like she has something stuck in her throat. What could this be?

I bought a baby turtle a month ago. She has been doing fine until today when I noticed that her eyes are not shining as usual. Her eyelids are somehow swollen. What's wrong?

I bought a baby turtle a month ago. She has been doing fine until today when I noticed that her eyes are not shining as usual. Her eyelids are somehow swollen. What's wrong?

My map turtle is sneezing and breathing through its mouth. What Should I do?

Tortoise Personal Health Issue

I am concerned because my reptile has been dragging his privates all day.

Painted turtle with soggy, white feet. How do I treat the condition?

Breeding Bearded Dragons

What's involved with breeding bearded dragon lizards?

Are There Other Ways To Identify Your Reptile Without Microchips?

Learning to identify reptiles without the use of microchips.

Why won't my reptile eat? Is it because of the new surroundings?

Margaret A. Wissman explains why an albino leopard gecko might not be feeding regularly.

Baby Gecko Lizard Not Eating

Should you force-feed a reptile that won't eat?

Is Distilled Water bad for herps?

Never use distilled water for pet herps.

What are the proper steps in diagnosing and getting rid of worms and red leg in frogs?

I have a red-eared slider that I might have to euthanize, and I was wondering how exactly is that done on reptiles?

There are small bumps on the underside of my bearded dragon’s rear. Could you tell me what you think this could be?

Bearded Dragons Sick

Can beetles that come in with the crickets harm my reptiles?

How do you prevent internal parasites in lizards?

Reptile Cloacal Prolapse

My lizard looks like her insides are hanging out.

Reptile Not Growing

Why is my lizard not eating or growing any larger?

Reptile Shedding Problems

What do you do when your reptile doesn't fully shed or has shedding problems?

Diseases Passed From Reptiles to Humans

Can coccidia be passed to humans from a bearded dragon?

The right side of my reptile's mouth, under the chin, has become swollen. His mouth is seeping pus that is slightly pink. What is it?

My corn snake has soft lumps on either side of his body just before the vent. What is this?

The rat I fed my snake left a small scratch wound. How can I treat this?

Chameleon With Blood-filled Sacs Around Eyes

What could blood-filled lumps under my chameleon's eyes be?

Green Anole Lizard Color Changes

I have a large male green anole that won’t turn green.

Lizard Toe and Claw Injury

Should I be worried about my chameleon's abnormal claw?

Lizard With Bloody Red Eyes

My bearded dragon's eyes are red and look like they are dripping blood, but with no liquid or crust. Could my reptile be sick?

Sick Baby Bearded Dragon With Broken Tail

What can cause a lizard to lose its tail?

Lizard Eye Problems With Redness and Cloudiness

Could my reptile have cataracts, or is it an infection in the eye?

Gecko Lizard Diagnosed with Cryptosporidiosis

Is there a cure for my reptile's ailment? I'd like a second opinion.

Lizard Rear Legs Appear Paralyzed

Our iguana has stopped walking and his back legs seem useless. What is wrong with him?

Lizard With Lumps Behind Ears

My lizard has lumps or bulges right behind his ears. The right side lump is larger then the left. What is it?

Lizard With Lump or Abscess Over Eye

My reptile isn't eating and has a bump over his eye. What should I do?

Lizard Eye Problems With Swelling

My reptiles eyelids are closing up. What should I do?

Lizard With Large Lump on Head

I noticed a very large lump by my lizard's ear. It goes from the bottom of the ear to the top of her head. Could this be a calcium problem? Will this go away on its own?

Lizard Leg Injury and Calcium Deficiency

I just bought a lizard, and it jumped off my sofa last night. This morning I noticed it has a swollen knee and cannot bend it!

Lizard Losing Toes

My lizard keeps losing its front toes.

Chameleon Lizard Lying On Side and Dark In Color

What could be wrong with my chameleon?

Lizard With Metabolic Bone Disease

My bearded dragon will not move at all. When it does move, it can only move its front legs. What is wrong?

Lizard Mouth Sores

My fat-tailed gecko lizard has had sores around his mouth, and they have been creeping up toward his nose for several months now. What is wrong?

Lizard Mouth Abscess and Swelling With Fluid

There is a lot of fluid around my lizard's neck and lower jaw. What could this be? I have looked at pictures of mouth rot and this looks nothing like that at all.

Lizard Prolapse

My reptile appears to have a prolapse. Is there anything I can do to keep him comfortable before his vet appointment?
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