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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

   
Substrates for Reptiles: Caveat Emptor
There appears to be a lot of choice out there in substrates marketed for reptiles. Fortunately, the decision making isn't so difficult, once you realize how dangerous or inappropriate so many of them are for your reptiles.

Simple Steps now May Save your Pet in a Disaster
Disaster preparedness is so easy to let slide. We take the can opener out of the emergency kit and don't replace it. We use the food and water we've stored, but we don't buy anything new to rotate into the disaster supplies. We mean to, of course. And yes, we'll get to it ... next month.

Sneezing and Yawning
Many people are concerned when they first see or hear their reptile sneeze, especially iguana owners, as many iguanas sneeze more often - and more productively - than any other animal (at least it seems that way to those iguana keepers who seem to spend a significant amount of time cleaning salty deposits off of windows, walls, furniture, etc.).

Pet Loss Hotlines
Sometimes there's no substitute for an understanding human voice. Fortunately, they're out there, staffing pet-loss support lines at some of the nation's most prestigious veterinary schools and colleges.

Burmese Pythons
Many people think that when they decide they don't want their Burmese any more, it will be easy to find someone who does. The zoo doesn't want any more. Rescue groups always have big pythons that need homes. Burmese are increasingly being abandoned at vets and animal shelters and euthanized for lack of proper homes.

 
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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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