Disease Management

CANV In Reptiles

Yellow fungus, Chrysosporium anamorph of Nannizziopsis vriesii, CANV Causes CANV is likely the underlying cause of many infections in older literature which attributed the disease to other fungi. Advances in fungal culture and identification helped distinguish CANV as a cause…

Chytrid Fungus Confirmed On Madagascar Yet No Frogs Have Died From It

The chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) which has been killing off amphibian populations around the world for decades has now been discovered in Madagascar, a biological hotspot for amphibians and other animals. According to a study published in the journal Nature,…

Snake Fungal Disease Found in Michigan Rattlesnakes

Some sad news coming out of Michigan as the snake fungal disease has been confirmed in eastern massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus). The disease, which attacks the mouth and face area of snakes is almost always deadly as it prevents…

Snake Health 101

The first publication on the “Diseases of Reptiles” was written by a medical doctor, not a veterinarian, and was a total of four pages long. My last book on Reptile Medicine and Surgery had more than 70 veterinarians contributing chapters and…

The Vet Report: Fluid Therapy In Reptiles

Dehydration is a common and serious problem in herps, and I am frequently asked about or presented with herps that are in need of fluid supplementation.  The classic situation occurs when an owner does not notice that an animal’s water…

Using Ivermectin For External Parasites Treatment For Reptiles

The important external parasites in reptiles are mites, ticks, biting flies, and, to a much lesser degree, leeches. Although many reptile keepers view these external parasites as just a nuisance or an inconvenience, the truth is that they can cause or…

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