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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…

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…

The Vet Report: Working On Hot Herps

I am frequently asked if I will perform veterinary work on “hot,” or venomous, species. The answer is yes. The “hot stuff” is susceptible to all the same issues that non-venomous species are, with a few extras thrown in. Treating…

The Vet Report: Herp First Aid Kit Checklist

It seems as though throughout my life I have lived in places where natural disasters are just a blink away.  Whether it was California with the earthquakes or the Florida Keys and the hurricanes, I always make it a point…

The Vet Report: Sulcata Tortoise Spine Abnormality

Dear Dr. Mader, I am a tortoise enthusiast and a huge fan of yours. I am in the process of finishing my prerequisite courses for veterinary school. I am writing because I wanted to share with you the story of…

The Vet Report: Inclusion Body Disease

I get a zillion e-mails and calls asking advice about herp cases. This morning, I got a frantic call from a veterinarian about a large python that was showing signs of inclusion body disease. He wanted to know if there…