Parasitic Infections In Reptiles
Do you have any idea about parasitic infections in reptiles?
Parasites are horrible organisms that often infect people, fish, and reptiles. This article will focus on parasitic infections in reptiles.
The most common type of parasites found in reptiles is worms. These worms include roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and pinworms. Worms are internal and usually inhabit a reptile's gastrointestinal tract. Reptiles with worms will usually be lethargic, have weight loss, and vomiting. Worms can sometimes be seen in a reptile's vomit or feces. A veterinarian can determine what type of worms a reptile has and prescribe de-worming medication. This type of medication kills worms and help's a reptile's body get rid of the dead parasites.
Protozoan is also another fairly common parasite to infect reptiles. These parasites are single-celled microscopic organisms. There are different types and they can cause various symptoms in an infected reptile. Protozoan infections are usually treatable.
Mites can also infect a reptile. These parasites feed off of a reptile's blood. They attach themselves to a reptile's body including its eyelids, armpits, and vent. They are small, but can be seen especially if they are high in numbers. Mites are treatable also.
All these parasites are different sizes and may present with similar symptoms in your reptile. If your reptile appears to have an infection, but you're not exactly sure what the cause is a veterinarian can determine the infection and give proper treatment.
Once you rid your pet reptile of a parasitic infection is it important to make sure the infection doesn't happen again in the future. Do this by frequently cleaning your reptile's tank or cage. Also, be careful when introducing new plants, rocks, and other reptiles. These things could already be infected with parasites.
A reptile can also come in contact with parasites through their food. This is most common in reptiles that eat whole or live prey.
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