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Veterinary care of snakes

Abstract

Snakes are becoming increasingly popular pets and are hence seen more frequently in general veterinary practice. It is therefore important that clinicians have a working understanding of the species presented, as well as the steps required to accurately diagnose and manage health issues. This article reviews the commonly presented species and outlines the husbandry requirements of each. In addition, it discusses the unique anatomy and physiology of snakes and highlights commonly seen conditions, their diagnosis and treatment.

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