Can Reptiles Get Covid?
Covid-19 has caused a global health pandemic, affecting humans, pets and wildlife. Many people have asked if their pet reptiles can catch the virus. The answer is: So far there is no evidence to say that reptiles can catch COVID-19.
Why Do Reptiles Seem Safe From Covid?
Reptiles, such as iguanas, snakes and turtles, are not known to share viruses with humans. This is because their genetic makeup is very different from ours. They do not have the same receptors that humans have that allow the virus to enter their cells. Therefore, reptiles are considered to be at low risk of catching the virus.
How Can I Keep My Pet Reptile Safe?
Even though there is no evidence of reptiles catching Covid, there are some practices you should follow to ensure your pet reptile is safe and sound.
Here are some tips:
- Wash your hands before and after handling your pet reptile.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces you use for keeping your reptile’s food, water, and waste.
- Wash and disinfect toys and cages regularly.
- Keep your pet reptile’s terrarium or tank away from areas where humans are likely to come into contact with it.
- Avoid contact with other animals, both wild and domesticated.
Covid-19 is an evolving situation and it’s important to take all necessary precautions to keep your pet safe. Although there is no evidence that reptiles can catch the virus, it is still important to practice good hygiene, such as washing your hands, to protect yourself and your pet.
If you have any further questions, it’s best to consult your veterinarian for the latest information on the virus.