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Reptilian Illness: What to Look For When Your Herp Looks Sick

You’ve put a lot of time money and love into your reptile pet, so how can you tell if your little friend is getting sick to make sure it’s treated properly, Here are some tell-tale signs that you might need to consult with your vet.

Has your herp changed its eating habits, Is it eating less or more, Has it drastically changed what sort of food it’s interested in, Does it seem more interested in food with more water content which might indicate that it might be dehydrated, While some of these signs might mean nothing on their own, or indicate little, it is important to keep a closer eye on your herp and make sure it’s getting what it needs.

How does your reptile look, Has it developed lateral folds or are its normal folds become deeper, Has its colouring dulled or does it look dry, What about shedding, If your reptile sheds, has its shedding become erratic, Happening more or less often then the season calls for, Are its eyes dull or filmy, Any of these symptoms may indicate the need for a call to your vet.

What about behaviour, Is your herp lethargic, or overly energetic, Has its waste changed in consistency or frequency, Has the quantity increased, Has your reptile stopped its normal routines like climbing or swimming, Keep note of these things when speaking to your vet.

Are their physical signs of injury, Is your reptile shaking or trembling, Does it have any open sores or wounds, How is it breathing, Is it having trouble breathing or is it gasping for air,

Like with any pet, it’s better to err on the side of caution. If you are worried, call your vet and ask him what he thinks.