Author: Douglas R. Mader, MS, DVM, DABVP (C/F, R/A), DECZM (Herpetology)

A Crocodilian Christmas

Years ago, I always liked to take the emergency shift during holidays so that my associate doctors could spend time with their families. At the time my wife was an ER nurse in a human trauma center, and being junior…

Venomous Or Poisonous?

Go to any reptile show or zoo, and I can guarantee you will find herpetoculture’s future generation pointing at a reptile or amphibian on display and asking their parents, “Mommy, Daddy is that snake/frog/ lizard poisonous?” Everyone has to walk…

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…

Poached Sea Turtle Eggs

I suspect that almost anyone with an Internet connection has seen the images of native Central Americans appearing to poach sea turtle eggs from the beach.