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Lizards with Skin Problems

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Various issues can arise with the skin of your lizard if the conditions are not right for them. The skin of a lizard is actually much more complex than most people realize.

Fungal infections commonly occur in climates that are too high in humidity or where the temperature is too cool. When fungal growths begin on the skin of your lizard you will most likely notice small patches of skin where the color does not match the rest of the body. As the condition begins to progress, these patches will grow both in size and in numbers. Usually these patches begin on the bottom layers of the skin which makes it hard to notice in the beginning.

Furthermore, if the climate conditions are not right for your lizard it is likely that it will have problems shedding. Shedding problems generally occur if the humidity level is not high enough.

If you notice that your lizard is having problems shedding all or parts of its skin the best idea is to place the lizard in warm water. The warm water will help to loosen the skin and allow you to remove it by gently rubbing the lizard with a towel.

Veterinarian attention is usually required for issues arising with the skin of a lizard. This is because problems with the skin can be very complex. For instance, there are many different types of skin fungi that can occur to lizards, all of which generally appear the same. However, different treatments are required for each type and only a veterinarian will be able to properly diagnose this. Your veterinarian can also help if your lizard is having problems shedding its skin.


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