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Reptile Skin Conditions

Reptiles do not have hair follicles, when they have a pus-pocket it needs to be treated as a parasite or bacterial infection. This is what they are.Skin conditions or infections occur from the bacteria and parasites.

Abscesses are one of the most common skin problems with reptiles. Reptiles do not have enzymes to break down the abscess or infection. The mass usually has to be surgically removed. Carbuncles is an infection deep in the sinuses this is one of many abscess the reptile encounters.Abrasions are wounds from a traumatic injury. The layers of skin become removed when the reptile tries to go through a space smaller than what they are.Blisters and Bullae are two different skin conditions. It all depends on size. They are caused by the humidity being too high or the water not being changed frequent enough. When the blister or bullae rupture the bacteria enters and causes an infection.Crusts otherwise known as blood and other fluids that forms above a cut or abrasion. It appears thin, moist, clear, or yellow in color.Cysts are large pockets filled with and associated with parasites. Another cause is cuts, burns, or severe trauma.Shedding, fungal infection, and stress cause discoloration in the skin.Edema produces swelling where an injection was done or a dewormer has been placed.Nodules are associated with several types of infections.When an infection is showing lumps or pus around the injury it is infected and needs attention immediatly.

Parasites cause the reptile to rub against something to itch. This itching causes abrasions and the parasites enter. This allows the parasite to onset the next stage.

Patches of skin color or texture change is associated with a fungal or bacterial infection.

On the reptile, the skin is he largest organ and is there to keep the body healthy. It is there to enclose the fluids in the body. It also helps keep fungi, parasites, and bacteria out.

First time reptile owners need to get their reptile to a veterinarian to get he proper diagnosis and treatment. The veterinarian can also give tips on how to care for your reptile. The proper environmental care is very important in the reptile skin care make sure the humidity is enough to keep the reptile skin moist without causing a fungal infection.

Always watch your reptile for any out of the ordinary behavior or skin ailments. If you see this call your veterinarian immediately.

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