Ranaviruses Kristin Claricoates, DVM Overview Ranaviruses are viruses belong to the Iridoviridae family and the genus Ranavirus. Occasionally, amphibian ranaviruses are called iridoviruses rather than ranaviruses (which are different from the insect viruses called Iridovirus; insect iridovirus is not a ranavirus). Some of the isolates of [...]
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Metabolic Bone Disease Care Home care for green iguanas and other reptiles with secondary nutritional hyperparathyroidismInitially I wrote this send home sheet for Green Iguanas since they were the ones I most often saw with this problem. Of course many more species are effected by this [...]
Healthy Veggie Shopping for Reptiles Listed below are some nutritious foods for you to incorporate into your family member’s diet. Nutrition plays a major role in the health and longevity of any animal. Keep in mind that moderation and variety are the keys to offering a [...]
Heating Reptile Enclosures Paul Gibbons, DVM ABVP Avian and Reptile One of the most important aspects of reptile care is temperature maintenance. Although reptiles are commonly thought to be “cold blooded”, a study of iguanas in the South American rain forest found that daily body temperatures [...]
General Tortoise Husbandry By Phillippe De Vosjoli Photos and edited by Susan Horton, DVM Husbandry factors are a common cause of many of the health problems affecting tortoises. Addressing husbandry issues is a critical component of the veterinary treatment of these popular animals. Tortoises are members [...]
Common Health Problems (Turtles and Tortoises) Susan Horton, DVM So many of the health problems we see with turtles and tortoise are related to improper environment or feeding. Please research your specific breed’s requirements carefully. I recommend UVB light for all turtles and tortoises. Pictured [...]
General Care of Aquatic Turtles Shannon RW Brandl, CVT and Susan Horton, DVMPhotos and edited by Susan Horton, DVMIntroductionAquatic turtles are very common as pets. Unfortunately they are also more difficult to care for than most people realize. Often times, inadequate care results in various health [...]
Diet For Sulcata Tortoises Photos and edited by Susan Horton, DVM What you feed your Sulcata is critical to its health and development Sulcata tortoises evolved to deal with life in a semi-arid environment, where the only food available for much of the year is dry [...]
Sulcata Care (African Spur Thighed Tortoise, Centrochelys sulcata) Erica Mede, CVT Photos and edited by Susan Horton, DVM Natural History Sulcatas are found along the southern edge of the Sahara in Africa and created large burrows and tunnels during the dry season to escape the heat [...]
Soft Shelled Turtle Care (Apalone sp.) Erica Mede, CVT Natural History Throughout central and south eastern United States , the soft sandy and muddy bottoms of rivers, lakes and ponds are home to the unique soft shell turtle. These beautiful animals make unique display pets that [...]