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Choosing a healthy reptile

Reptiles in the pet market are prone to stress and can become ill very quickly, especially if not cared for properly. When you hotararti to take home a snake, a turtle or a lizard, there are many aspects of reptile you need to track to ensure that adopted a healthy animal.

Begin by examining reptiles short evaluation of the entire body of the animal. Reptiles should have a muscular body and avoid animals that look very weak (see if the bones of the pelvis and tail are obvious) or have abnormal swelling in the legs. Snakes should have a round shape and well defined column vertebrates should not be visible. Turtles should have enough tissue between the neck and front legs.

Skin or shell are important indicators of health reptile. If the skin is wrinkled and looks dull, then the animal is likely dehydrated. The skin should be supple and no bite marks or scratches (these lesions may develop abscesses later). Also, you should check to identify signs of stomach burns. Turtles have a shell should be firm, free from defects (soft shell defects are signs of serious illness).

Check the general cleanliness of the animal. If there is fecal material on the belly or the back of the animal means that reptile was held in overcrowded and unhealthy environment. Check if there is feces in a ventilated area of ​​the cage. If the remains are gathered all in that place you suspect the presence of disease or parasitic infections.

Reptile eyes should be clean, free of any deposits or other debris. Swollen eyes may indicate a systemic disease, especially for turtles. Inside the mouth reptiles must be lit pink. If inside the mouth is pale or dark, the animal may suffer from a systemic disease. You must be worried for reptile health and if the language or see the animal inside the mouth small yellow spots, white or green.

The head of a reptile should be perfectly symmetrical. Swelling or asymmetry may indicate a disease of the jaw bone, an infection or an abscess. It is best to check the presence of ticks, especially in the head, neck and belly reptile. Although easily treated, this reptile ticks can show that was held in a dirty and unhealthy environment.

When choosing a reptile, may ask the seller to handle the little animal. Check necuvantatoarei force. A docile and apathetic reptile probably is sick. A test should pull down their legs if they started. Snakes and lizards should have good muscle tone and weakness and tremors may indicate a metabolic bone disease.

Follow reptile behavior. These animals must be alert and impulsive. Most reptiles are opposed to handling and will struggle when held. A domesticated reptile is easier to master but should still be alert and quick reactions. If your dog seems lethargic and lack of reaction, probably because it is weak and suffering from a disease. Exceptions to this rule are reptiles kept at low temperatures.

Check reptile suffer from respiratory illness. Signs of such problems include leaks in the eyes and nose, breathing through the mouth (can happen if the tank is too hot) or when products whistling breathing reptile.


Tips on choosing a reptile:

1. Try to find a reptile born and raised in captivity. Reptiles caught in the wild can be extremely stressful and will get sick quickly.

2. Avoid the temptation to "save" a reptile that appears sick or is not cared for properly. Although this gesture is noble, think as you adopted animal will be replaced by another equally neglected and stressed. That's not to mention the costs you will incur significant reptile care. It is best to reclaim the person who sells these neglected animals from a competent authority.

3. Arrange where you stand before buying pet reptile. Necuvantatoarea will already be quite stressful for moving into a new environment, and will ease the process of adaptation to the new house.

4. If a reptile appears healthy but is kept in an unhealthy environment, be careful before you buy. Stress caused by negligence may cause reptile to be prone to diseases that will occur later.