Reptile pet trade and welfare

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Reptiles are becoming more mainstream as pets and are now hugely popular with all sorts of different types of people. This chapter provides information on identifying commonly encountered reptile species, the reptile trade, zoonotic infections, setting up your practice for treating reptile patients, welfare and sources of further information.

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2.1 Reptile section in Pets at Home. (With permission from Pets at Home; © Louise Rayment-Dyble)
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2.2 Juvenile captive-bred bearded dragons. (With permission from the Grooms at Reptile Crazy, Norwich)
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2.4 Chameleons in mesh vivarium. (With permission from the Grooms at Reptile Crazy, Norwich; © Louise Rayment-Dyble)
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2.5 (a) Bearded dragon; (b) water dragon; (c) green iguana; (d) leopard gecko; (e) ‘high yellow’ leopard gecko; (f) panther chameleon; (g) Bengal monitor lizard; (h) collared lizard; (i) eyed lizard; (j) blue-tongued skink; (k) slow worm (UK non-venomous); (l) Greek spur-thighed tortoise; (m) Hermann’s tortoise; (n) red-eared terrapin (UK non-venomous). (o) sulcata tortoise; (p) Aldabra tortoise; (q) leopard tortoise; (r) red-footed tortoise; (s) yellow-footed tortoise; (t) Indian star tortoise; (u) boa constrictor; (v) Dumeril’s boa; (w) rainbow boa; (x) corn snake: yellow colour morph; (y) corn snake: pinstripe colour morph; (z) royal python colour morphs; (ai) garter snake; (bi) adders (UK venomous); (ci) grass snake (UK non-venomous). (a, b, d–f, h, o, x–z, © Louise Rayment-Dyble; c, g, i–n, p–w, ai–ci, © Joe Blossom; b, d, e, h, z, with permission from the Grooms at Reptile Crazy, Norwich)
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2.7 Illegally imported reptile goods seized by customs. (© Louise Rayment-Dyble)
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2.8 Juvenile panther chameleons. (With permission from the Grooms at Reptile Crazy, Norwich;  © Louise Rayment-Dyble)
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2.9 (a) Preparation of the skin for microchip implantation in a tortoise. (b) Placing of the microchip implant. (© Louise Rayment-Dyble)
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2.10 A pet bearded dragon in a harness. (© Louise Rayment-Dyble)
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2.11 (a) A reptile ward. (b) A reptile hospital cage. (c) A reptile anaesthesia set-up showing a ventilator and Doppler monitor. (© Louise Rayment-Dyble)
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2.13 (a) Example weeds on display on a tortoise open day in practice. (b) A tortoise being wormed. (c) The reptile shop ‘Reptile Crazy’. (© Louise Rayment-Dyble; c, with permission from the Grooms at Reptile Crazy, Norwich)
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