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The Reptile Series provides information on a variety of herpetological species and how to take care of them: the right kind of housing, temperature, food, lights, and veterinarian. Turtles, snakes, iguanas, lizards, and geckos all have different needs from anything that was born wearing fur. Keeping a reptile happy and healthy isn't difficult, but it helps to have a resource you can trust. Melissa Kaplan, author of Iguanas for Dummies, wrote the Reptile Series for Veterinary Partner.

 Feeding Reptiles
 Reptile Basics
 Reptile Species
 Reptile Enclosures
 Iguana Care, Feeding, and Socialization

   
Sulcata Tortoises
A danger for Sulcata tortoises in captivity is that too much water may be given or made accessible, which may lead to health concerns including skin and shell infections and kidney problems.

Salmonella and Other Zoonoses: The Basics
There is indeed a risk of contracting or causing others to contract a Salmonella infection from your iguana if you are not aware of the potential for infection and fail to take adequate means to avoid infection and transmission. But you are just as likely to get sick from other reptiles, other pets, and food-borne organisms and chemicals.

Picking a Healthy Reptile
Most pet stores do not care for their reptiles properly. Many cannot even accurately species-identify their animals. Most imported animals are sick, scratched, and infested with parasites (not all of which may be seen without a microscope). How do you pick a healthy reptile?

Show your Love
Some of the best gifts you can give your pet don't cost any money at all and require only your attention. In this week's Valentine's Day spirit of giving the best to those we love, we offer a few suggestions that will make you and your pet happier and healthier -- and may even save you money in the long run.

No-Magic Dragon
If you want a friendly reptilian pet who's easy to care for, your choice is an easy one: You want a bearded dragon. Beardeds live to be about 10 years old and will mature at 18 to 24 inches in length, including the tail.

 
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VetzInsight: A Different Place to Learn
The same folks who provide Veterinary Partner also offer a blog called VetzInsight. Rather than explain what occurs in a disease process and how to treat it - which was Veterinary Partner offers - our goal is not only to inform on larger issues but to tap into the numerous emotions at play within the human-animal bond. We're here to learn and have fun. If you're interested in learning more about a broader look at veterinary medicine, the veterinarians, the clients, and the patients, VetzInsight is a great learning experience.

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