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Quarantine Guidelines for Reptile Owners

Introducing a new reptile to your home? Implementing a well-considered quarantine is not just a good practice - it's essential. This process involves isolating your new companion to observe, conduct disease testing, and assist in their acclimatization to the new environment. The inadvertent introduction of diseases can not only lead to frustration but also to significant financial burdens while  underscoring the critical role of a meticulous quarantine process.

Basic Care: Crested Gecko

Crested Geckos can be a great beginner level pet reptile owing to their captive care needs. They are different from many other lizards in their ability to use their adhesive setae (hairs) on their feet to adhere to smooth vertical and horizontal surfaces. This ability developed due to their arboreal habitat and the need to not fall out of trees. They only grow to a maximum length of 8-9 inches and are relatively long lived with many living into their mid teens and even up to 20 years old.

Cancer in Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs unfortunately are highly prone to cancer, especially as they age, with one study reporting over two-thirds of hedgehogs over the age of 3 having cancer. Cancer has been reported in many areas of the body, but is commonly found in the mouth, skin, and female reproductive system. Tumors are often malignant and can carry a poor prognosis, especially without treatment. Early identification will allow for optimal treatments to be implemented and improve long-term prognosis.