Reptiles are some of the most exotic pets you can keep at home, but looking after animals from the furthest corners of the planet can bring with it some special challenges. However, our hints and tips will help keep you informed about your reptile’s needs, from health advice to accommodation to its general well-being.
Cryptosporidium And Your Reptile
Cryptosporidia are a type of protozoa – a microscopic, single-celled parasite – which live in the intestines and can have devastating consequences.
Ticks And Your Reptile
Having scales isn’t always enough to protect against biting parasites. Ticks are nasty, blood-sucking parasites with powerful mouthparts. These can pierce even scaled skin, which means even our reptiles are not safe from the risk of tick bites. While indoor reptiles are at very low risk of tick bites, our roaming reptiles such as tortoises are more likely to be affected.
Coccidiosis And Your Reptile
Coccidiosis is caused by a single-celled parasite, or protozoa, and can be especially dangerous to Bearded Dragons.
Mites And Your Reptile
Amazingly, there are over 250 species of mite which can affect reptiles. Thankfully, most of these are very rare or not found in the UK. Spider-like, and ranging in size from as small as 0.1mm, many mites are not parasitic at all and are in fact free-living – some mites in fact are really useful, working as decomposters in our environment!