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    Uro Respiratory Infection?

    I have a young friend who purchased a young (9") Nigerian Uromastyx on Saturday at a reptile expo in Atlanta. Today (Tuesday) he called me, concerned about a white chalky substance apparently emanating from both nostrils. My first thought was an RI, but I continued to question him about other possibilities, including it being residue from additives such as calcium or potassium. That's a negative. Unsure of basking and housing temps, he says the lizard is eating well and is active. While writing this, I remember that the tank (not even sure how big it is) was previously home to a leopard gecko (presently healthy) that he rescued and gave to me, which may give credence to my current RI theory. Any thoughts from you uro owners (I've never had one) on what the malady, if any, is? I promised him I would try to get back with him tomorrow, so a prompt reply is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Uro Respiratory Infection?

    Could it be snalt? (snot/salt)
    Iguanas express excess salt through their noses.
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    Re: Uro Respiratory Infection?

    That may be a possibility. Iguanids and agamids shouldn't be that dissimilar. Thanks for the quick response. I'll definitely mention that to him tomorrow.

    Thanks again.

    CK

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    Re: Uro Respiratory Infection?

    Doesn't sound like he knows anything about Uromastyx. Temperatures would be the first thing to check and recheck because of their utmost importance.
    Lacey would be correct that is excess snalt. It is more prevalent in Wild-caught imported specimens which Nigerians usually are. They are usually depraved of food and water during their shipping times. It causes a buildup in their bodies.
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