Reptiles are animals with very special characteristics. This group of patients includes ophidians (snakes), chelonians (turtles), and saurians (lizards). The great variety of species that reptiles include makes it extremely important to know the characteristics of each one, as well as their basic management and knowledge of the environmental conditions in which they live in their natural state, in order to offer them the best care. At the Nido clinic we have facilities prepared for pogonas, iguanas, Chinese water dragons, Russian tortoises, Mediterranean tortoises, pythons, corn snakes, boas, water turtles, geckos, etc. We have a medicated stay service in adapted terrariums, sales of products for the installation of your terrarium and disease diagnosis service through blood tests, x-rays, coprology, etc. Most reptile diseases are usually secondary to inadequate management, that is, due to inadequate diet, temperature, substrate or ambient light. Hence the great importance of knowing how to create a perfect habitat for these pets.
At the Nido clinic we are specialists in reptiles and we want to advise all owners of these species on how to care for and deworm their animals, as well as resolve all doubts associated with creating a terrarium or habitat perfect for the health of their pets. Reptiles can come from very varied environments. There are Australian bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) completely desert-like, to Russian tortoises (Testudo horsfieldii) accustomed to the cold of the Russian steppe, to the ball python (Phyton regius) of tropical Africa. This great diversity of environments will determine the characteristic diet of each species of reptile. There are totally herbivorous reptiles, passing through insectivores or carnivores.
One of the main characteristics of reptiles is that they are poikilothermic or cold-blooded animals. This means that their body temperature depends on the environment, since they lack mechanisms to regulate it. This is extremely important when it comes to providing our pet with an environment with the ideal temperature to obtain the optimal body temperature in which the reptile’s vital functions can develop perfectly. We can offer these ideal conditions in captivity using ceramic lamps, infrared lamps, mercury vapor, metal halide lamps, mats, etc. Do not hesitate to ask us for guidance on how to create a perfect captive environment for your reptile!