Category Archives: Reptile

79: Blocked Pipes



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Constipation – a right pain in the #$#. This week we discuss constipation in reptiles; why do they get it, how to treat it, and how to prevent it. Together with some usual crap by Brendan and Mark.

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77: Vegetarian



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Main Topic for the week: Plants for exotic pets – help or hindrance?

Brendan and Mark discuss the benefits of providing plants for your unusual pet, including their effect on behaviour – ie environmental enrichment. What are the risks of these plants? Which are toxic?

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76: Bumble



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Pododermatitis aka bumblefoot is our main discussion this week. Brendan and Mark stumble (sorry, we couldn’t help it) through the common species seen with this condition, and discuss treatment options.


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73: Stuck: Reproductive problems in Lizards -Part 2



Duct tape and reptiles don’t mix – especially when used to smuggle animals as Brendan discovers. Mark reveals a Frigatebird that has broken a record – what record? – listen to find out! In other news a long term bond between two turtles is broken, and we list Australia’s 10 worst invasive species.

The main topic is part 2 of our discussion of reproductive problems in lizards.

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Frigatebird breaks records

1,500 live turtles found wrapped in duct tape at Manila airport

Australia’s 10 worst invasive species

Tortoise ‘marriage’ ends after 115 years

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72: Stuck Part 1: Reproductive problems in lizards



Geckos are on the run – how exactly do they do it? Are fish self-aware? How do you monitor the wellbeing of captive elephants? We attempt to answer these questions in our news of the week. Don’t blink – you may miss the final news article.

Reproductive issues in lizards is our main topic this week. Mark and Brendan discuss the various problems encountered in lizards when things go wrong with reproduction, and how to fix these issues. This has turned out to be a bigger topic than anticipated so this is Part 1 of 2. Listen next week for Part 2!

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Monitoring the wellbeing of captive elephants

Gecko locomotion

Are fish self-aware?

How animals blink

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67: Snake Top Ten



A good news story – Icelandic goats saved from extinction- and Brendan gets extremely emotional about this story. Mark then gets serious and talks about river systems and culverts for protection of fish. 

This week we have another Top Ten: Tips for dealing with snakes for clinicians who are unfamiliar with reptiles.  

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Meet the woman who saved the Icelandic goat from extinction  

Barriers to fish migration

 

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61: Stumped



Its goats and more goats this week: Brendan talks about weedbusting goats and a list of things you didn’t know about this fascinating species. A good news story with heroic huskies rescuing a hiker in Alaska, and are cities making animals smarter.

Main topic: Limb and tail amputation in reptiles. Why is this such a common procedure? Mark and Brendan give their thoughts, and tips for performing partial limb and tail amputation in reptiles.

Links:

Weedbusting goats

Heroic husky rescues injured hiker in Alaska

Things about goats you may not know

Are cities making animals smarter?

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58: Pirate



We report on the rebound of a Mountain gorilla population in this week’s good news. Mark discusses whether pets can get seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and wonders if elephants are evolving to lose their tusks. Brendan then gets a bit angry when he reveals 87 elephants have been killed by poachers in Africa.

Movie Review by Brendan: The Predator 2018. Don’t bother. 2 out of 10. It’s that bad.

Eye diseases in unusual pets is our main topic this week. Brendan and Mark talk about commonly seen (pun intended), and some not so common, eye problems in rabbits guinea pigs, rodents, ferrets, reptiles and birds.

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Can pets get seasonal affective disorder?

Mountain gorilla population rebounds

Some elephants are evolving to lose their tusks

87 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Africa’s ‘Last Safe Haven’

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57: Legless



Could Llamas be the answer to the ideal human flu vaccine? Scientists had no idea where the world’s tiniest flightless bird came from, until now- Mark explains. In our final news story we debate if the era of greyhound racing is coming to an end.

Limbs. Or lack thereof. That is the main topic this week: amputation of limbs of various species is discussed by Brendan and Mark – what species do we commonly remove limbs from, and why? What species cope without a limb and what species don’t?

Product review: Opsite Flexigrid transparent film dressing. Brendan is enthusiastic about this versatile dressing. He particularly likes to use it for reptile skin lesions and post- surgery. He gives it a solid 8.3 out of 10.

Links:

Llamas could one day help prevent the flu

Scientists had no idea where the world’s tiniest flightless bird came from, until now

Is the era of greyhound racing finally over?

Opsite flexigrid transparent film dressing

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54: UV or Not UV?



A deaf and blind dog missing for 5 years is reunited with its owners in yet another good news story from Brendan. Mark is enthused about the educational aspects of octopuses, and wonders if having a dog increase your chance of a tinder date? To balance things out, the final news story is about cats: Are cat lovers under the influence of Toxoplasmosis? Perhaps not, though that kitten is very cute…

UV lighting in reptiles is our main topic. Brendan and Mark outline the basics of this fascinating topic, including the practicalities of how to provide adequate UV for captive reptiles.

Links:

Toxoplasma gondiiIs it related to increased risk of psychiatric disorder, poor impulse control, personality aberrations or neurocognitive impairment?  Also see this article

Missing for 5 years, deaf and blind dog is reunited with her family

‘Octopuses tell people good conservation stories’

Using your pet to leverage your Tinder chances

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