Reptiles Can Carry Salmonella Inside Their Bodies, Which Can Make Humans Ill. Use Caution.

 

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Did you know...

  • The most popular reptile pets in the United States are iguanas.
  • Turtles and snakes are popular reptile pets, also.
  • Iguanas, turtles, snakes and most reptiles carry the bacteria Salmonella inside their bodies.
  • Iguanas, turtles, and snakes sometimes shed the bacteria Salmonella in their feces (waste).
  • The type of Salmonella bacteria in these pets can cause life-threatening sickness in people.

What is Salmonella?

  • Salmonella is a bacteria.
  • Salmonella poisoning can cause vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramping.
  • Most cases of Salmonella poisoning come from undercooked foods.
  • Reptiles may have Salmonella on their skin, cages and anything else they touch.

What should you do if you own a Reptile?

Wash your hands with warm, soapy water immediately:

  • after handling any reptiles
  • after touching their cages
  • before eating food

Remember the Reptile Rules!

  • Always be sure an adult is with you when touching reptiles.
  • Never eat or put anything in your mouth during or after touching your animals.
  • Never clean cages in the kitchen or anywhere you make food for people.
  • Always wash your hands with soap after touching reptiles. Washing with water alone is not enough to kill Salmonella.
  • If you have open cuts or sores, cover them with bandages or put on rubber gloves before touching reptiles.

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