Author: Douglas Mader, M.S., DVM, DABVP

Mites in Reptiles

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

The Vet Report: Burns in Reptiles

Thermal burns in reptiles are one of the most common injuries seen by herp veterinarians.The exact reason why reptiles seem so prone to burns is not understood, but something about their behavior makes them more susceptible to this type of…

Fibropapilloma: A Devastating Sea Turtle Disease

Sea turtles have always been considered a sentinel animal in our world’s oceans—the canaries in the coal mine, if you will. These present-day dinosaurs have remained relatively unchanged since the beginning of time. There are many challenges to their existence…

How To Recognize And Prevent Medical Ailments In Amphibians

There are more than 7,000 species of amphibians, with the actual numbers changing daily (see for the most recent data). This group of vertebrates has been around for more than 300 million years. Although amphibians are the first vertebrates…

Snake Anatomy

Know your snake inside and out with this snake anatomy introduction.

Giving Reptiles Medication Via Feeders

Q. Can we give medication to our reptiles by putting the meds inside feeders, such as a pinky mouse? Dan Folsum via the Internet A. It depends on the type of medication you're giving your reptile. It would certainly be easier and…


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