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Reptile Parasites

Sadly, not having fur doesn’t mean our reptiles can escape the problem of parasites.

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Reptiles can suffer from a whole host of different parasites and knowing the signs and how to stop an infestation fast can have a huge impact on the outcome of a parasite invasion.

Follow our handy links below to take a closer look at the parasites that can be a problem for your reptile.

To see what parasites can cause problems for our other pets, have a look at our parasites homepage


Mite infestations can be an itchy business, and mites like to set up shop around the softest parts of your reptile, such as the vent, eyes and ear holes. With several species of mites more than happy to set up residence on your reptile, knowing what to look out for, and how to prevent them settling in, is an important part of keeping our reptiles happy and healthy. 

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There are many worm species that can affect our reptiles and they are surprisingly common. Worms can cause signs from mild diarrhoea right through to serious and potentially fatal disease. To have a look at the worms that can affect your reptile, have a look at our dedicated page.

Worms are found in all our pet species, although different worms like different pets! To take a look at some of the other pets that can be affected by worms follow our link below.

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A nasty and difficult to manage parasite, cryptosporidium can be a nightmare for reptile owners. Knowing how to keep your reptiles safe from this deadly problem, and how to manage if you do find cryptosporidium in your pets, is really important.

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This microscopic parasite can cause no trouble at all, but can be as serious as causing death in susceptible individuals. Knowing the signs and how to reduce the risk of coccidiosis in your reptile will help keep them happy and healthy.

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Unpleasant in their own right, ticks can also lead to secondary problems in our reptiles, especially anaemia. Have a look at our helpful guide to see what the tick risk is to your reptile, and what to do if you find one.

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