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Reptile illness is caused by bad husbandry

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By Josh Loeb

Widespread deficiency of basic husbandry for pet reptiles is making the animals ill, vets believe.

That is the conclusion from a survey looking at reptile owners’ compliance with good husbandry.

Led by vet Martin Whitehead and academics from the University of Lincoln, the survey asked questions about reptile owners’ reports of basic aspects of husbandry for four species commonly kept as pets – the royal (ball) python, veiled (Yemen) chameleon, bearded dragon and juvenile Mediterranean tortoise (pictured).

During a presentation at the British Veterinary Zoological Society conference last week, Whitehead, an advanced practitioner in small animal medicine with an interest in treating zoo and exotic animals, said pet lizards had the ‘greatest skew’ …

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