Health

Some Snakes Swallow The Darnest Things

A brown tree snake was brought to a veterinary clinic in north Queensland, Australia after a snake catcher removed it from a barbecue next to a house. The mildly venomous snake had a golfball-sized lump in its belly that obviously…

Reptile Medicine: It’s Not Always Fun

As a veterinarian, I have certainly experienced “miracle” cases—those in which animals survive and thrive regardless of the odds—as well as “disaster” cases, with patients that crash and burn from even the most seemingly simple problems. Reptiles do have a…

Reptile Fractures: Causes And Practical Therapy

Fractures in captive reptiles are common and are almost always secondary to some form of metabolic bone disease. Nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism (NSHP), which is a general lack of dietary calcium, excessive phosphorus or deficiency in exposure to ultraviolet light/vitamin D3…

Snake Anatomy

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

Rethinking Reptile Lighting

  In the early 1940s, our knowledge of the effects of light on reptiles and amphibians was very limited. It wasn’t until 1944 that we learned of the amazing ability of reptiles to maintain relatively stable body temperatures through thermoregulation.…

Vivarium Fungus

Q. I have a natural vivarium with a substrate mixed according to Rex Lee Searcey’s “Flourish Over Failure” article in the 2009 Reptiles USA. The tank is set at 85 degrees Fahrenheit on the hot side with a small tree…