A Guide to... Health & Disease in Reptiles and Amphibians


A Guide to... Health & Disease in Reptiles and Amphibians is written by two respected Australian veterinarians, Dr Brendan Carmel and Dr Robert Johnson and is an essential reference in any keeper's library.
Filled with over 240 colour images to support the information, this easy-to-read 176-page text is laid out in a succinct format.
The basics of reptile and amphibian health and husbandry are covered and will equip you with the essentials in understanding how to care for your reptile or amphibian.
This book is a much-needed reference for all keepers and is an aid to veterinarians in educating their clients on better husbandry to support their consultations.
Chapters include:


  • Selection, Quarantine and Preventable Health Care.
  • Husbandry and Housing. This chapter incorporates heating and the importance of thermoregulation, humidity, lighting and the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Hygiene such as disinfection procedures and zoonotic diseases.
  • Handling, Restraint and Transportation.
  • Breeding. Covered in this chapter is sex identification, reproductive anatomy and physiology, sperm and egg development, cooling, parthenogenesis, courtship, fertilisation, pregnancy and incubation.
  • The Healthy Reptile and Amphibian.
  • Anatomy of Snakes, Lizards, Turtles and Frogs.
  • First Aid, Care and Medication for Sick Reptiles and Amphibians.
  • Diseases and Conditions. An expansive chapter detailing ailments for snakes, pythons, lizards, frogs and turtles in sections including infectious and non-infectious diseases and treatments.
  • Glossary of Common Terms.

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