Deadly Reptile Disease
Do you know what the most serious disease in reptiles is? It is important for reptile owners to be aware of this deadly reptile disease called Amebiasis.
It is caused by a protozoan microorganism, or parasite known as Entamoeba. Carnivorous reptiles are more prone to getting Amebiasis than their herbivorous counter parts. Also, meat-eating snakes are more prone to it than other meat-eating reptiles. Snakes such as rattlesnakes, boas, and vipers are some of the snakes that are the most susceptible to this potentially harmful disease.
Another strange fact to know about Amebiasis is that cobras, eastern king snakes, and most turtles, become carriers of the parasitic disease, but don't actually get any of its affects. The disease can be passed on by contact with a carrier's droppings or by direct contact with the carrier. For these reasons it's important to keep your pet reptiles in separate tanks. Snakes and turtles should not be kept together.
Only a veterinarian can properly diagnosis this disease, but there are symptoms that reptile owners can look for. Diarrhea is a common symptom. It typically contains blood or almost looks like a mucus. Loss of appetite, vomiting, and weight loss are other symptoms that a pet owner may see in an infected reptile.
If you suspect your pet has the disease, take them to the vet, but be very careful handling them. Amebiasis is a disease that can also affect humans. Vet can prescribe or recommend the proper medications to treat the disease. A type of anti-parasitic drug is usually prescribed.
If not treated Amebiasis can be deadly for a reptile and it could be passed on to the reptile's owner. To avoid illnesses and infections, always keep your reptile's home clean. Always give them fresh water and a balanced diet. Also, always pay attention to your pet's behavior because if they are acting strangely something may be wrong.
The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your veterinarian or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment.