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    Cancer in Reptiles?

    This may seem like a stupid question, but I've never really seen or heard of cancer in reptiles. Today my mom found a lethargic green snake by the barn and took it to me just to give me a look. It had a strange looking tumor-like growth right by its head. We released it right after so I didn't get a picture, but I was wondering if that was what it could have been.






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    Re: Cancer in Reptiles?

    I have no idea. It could have been an abscess though too...
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    Re: Cancer in Reptiles?

    Reptiles can and do get cancer. In his book, Green Iguana: The Ultimate Owner's Manual, James Hatfield tells how Za, his green iguana got cancer.

    But Liz is right, it could also have been an abcess.
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    Re: Cancer in Reptiles?

    Cancer in reptiles does in fact happen. My own 14 year old iguana had a very malignant ovarian cancer (quite common in older green iguanas). I have seen fibroids, I have recently seen an unknown mass of tissue on ultrasound that was blocking a corn snakes ability to defecate. So cancer is very possible. As stated previously with a snakes tough skin, an abscess can look very much like a tumor.

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    Re: Cancer in Reptiles?

    Thanks for the replies. What are the survival rates like for animals like iguanas with cancer?

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    Re: Cancer in Reptiles?

    Like in humans, it depends on the type of cancer, how soon it is caught, and the quality of care given.
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