can reptiles get ringworm

Can Reptiles Get Ringworm?

Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungus. It is commonly found in humans and animals, including some species of reptiles. Let’s take a look at the possibility of reptiles contracting ringworm and the ways to recognize, treat and avoid it.

What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is an infection caused by a fungus rather than a worm. It creates a circular rash that can cause itching and burning. The fungus can live in soil, skin and fur and is easily spread from one animal to another or even to humans.

Can Reptiles Get Ringworm?

Reptiles are susceptible to infection with the same type of fungus responsible for ringworm, although the infection is not as common in reptiles as it is in dogs and cats. If your reptile is exposed to another animal or person with ringworm, it can become infected.

Signs and Symptoms of Ringworm in Reptiles

If your reptile is suffering from ringworm, it may have the following symptoms:

  • Red, scaly patches
  • Cracked or lifting scales
  • Loss of color or darkness in patches of skin
  • Itching or flaky skin

Treating Ringworm in Reptiles

If your reptile has ringworm, it is important to take action immediately:

  • Isolate them from other animals
  • Clean the cage and habitat regularly
  • Consult a veterinarian for treatment with anti-fungal cream or oral anti-fungal medication
  • Change the cage substrate regularly

Preventing Ringworm in Reptiles

The best way to prevent your reptile from getting ringworm is to keep it isolated from infected animals and exposed surfaces. Make sure to practice good hygiene and thoroughly clean any surfaces it may come in contact with. Also, make sure you practice regular cage cleaning and substrate changes to keep your reptile healthy and safe.

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