A disease in reptiles first shows itself in behavioral changes: often the affected animal reduces its food intake or does not eat at all anymore. In addition, changes in activity can be observed: the animal moves less or avoids certain movements. Sometimes it sleeps a lot or withdraws completely.
In addition, each species reacts in a characteristic way: Many lizards and snakes become more aggressive. In chameleons, the skin color changes. Water turtles lie with their eyes closed near the heat lamp, rarely go into the water or have problems swimming and diving. Tortoises tend to dig in when they are sick. In snakes, symptoms such as mouth rot or shedding problems may indicate existing diseases.
In addition to these general signs of illness, there are a large number of specific symptoms of illness. These show us the way to certain diseases. You can find all the info in our symptom finder.
More than 90% of all reptile diseases are caused by suboptimal husbandry conditions – this shows how important species-appropriate husbandry is for the health of our reptiles.
When an animal is already sick, usually only the veterinarian can help. In addition, however, a consistent improvement of the husbandry conditions is essential – otherwise the disease may break out again.