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Posted by Dan Fogell on January 20, 2000 at 22:23:34:
In Reply to: Salmonella posted by Shannon on January 09, 2000 at 23:30:10:
Yes - Salmonella can be tested for...however treatment is gnerally not an option. Many reptiles (and other animals for that matter) harbor Salmonella throughout their lives without having any problems...it's normal for them, and may even be part of their normal gut contents. It can be avoided in humans by using proper aseptic technique - meaning, always wash your hands with an antibacterial soap after handling and after cleaning cages. DON'T EAT while your cleaning cages. DOn't share food with your animals (don't laugh - it happens - people share pizza with iguanas!!). If you teach your child how to be careful, I don't see why he couldn't successfully keep a snake without incident. If you want to test, however, ask your vet if they can test or if the lab they use can test. IT's easy, and it takes less than 36 hours to get results.