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A Question About Salmonella

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Fade, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Fade

    Fade Member

    I am aware that all of you probably are sick of hearing about salmonella. But I just had 1 question about.
    I know washing your hands after handling reptiles is common sense.

    However, watching many videos that have reptiles in them, I see people put snakes around their necks or on their head, or have a blue tongue skink walk on their bed, or have a bearded dragon crawl up their arm.
    If that reptile does have salmonella, would it spread on their head, on their arm, on their bed, on their floor, etc.
    If my reptile explored my bed, is it safe to lay in it?
    If my reptile crawled up my arm, do I have to wash it too?
    I mean what if I had a leopard gecko and let it explore on my bed, then my nephew came over that day and crawled up on my bed to jump on it or something. Wouldn't my nephew possibly get salmonella.

    I know if I get it, it isn't really deadly, it will just be a terrible week, but I have nephews and a niece that visit.

    I don't want to be paranoid about it, but just need more help on this that will ease my mind.

  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Salmonella is shed in the animal's feces. Unless your cage is filthy it should not be an issue. The bacteria gets into your system through mucus membranes. I've been keeping numerous species for decades including a 6 ft iguana who frequently traveled the house. Never had an issue.

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