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Common dermatoses in reptiles
  1. Gidona Goodman

    Gidona Goodman graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University, Belgium, in 1996. Shortly afterwards, she completed an MSc in wild animal health at the Royal Veterinary College and London Zoo. Following a brief period of wildlife work abroad, she joined a small animal and exotics referral practice in Manchester. Since 1999, she has been a lecturer in exotic animal medicine and surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.


THE condition of a reptile's skin reflects the animal's general health and is frequently an indicator of the condition of its captive environment. Skin disease in reptiles is often a result of inadequate or inappropriate husbandry that has led to secondary infection. Hence, it is important to obtain a good clinical history that includes husbandry details. This article describes various common dermatoses that affect reptiles and gives some guidance on possible treatments.

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