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Posted by erinszoo on April 26, 2003 at 14:40:54:
In Reply to: Cryptosporidiosis Disinfecting posted by SerpentGuy on April 22, 2003 at 20:54:59:
Question One: How are you going to get rid of the snakes? Crypto is easily transferred from one animal to another. There is no cure for it. The body simply has to develop it's own immunity to the problem but it never gets rid of the problem. Releasing them into the wild would probably not be a good idea as anything (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibs) that comes in contact with them could then be contaminated and anywhere they poo will also contain the crypto.
Question two: are you certain that it's crypto? It's certainly not unheard of in reptiles (or anything else for that matter) but it's very rare in captive ones. Are these WC?
To answer your question on disinfecting . . . anything pourous you should throw out. Glass and metal can be cleaned with normal washing and a dilute solution of chlorox rinsed completely.
In mammals crypto is treated by maintaining the animals hydration level until the body develops it's own immunity. I suppose this could be done in a snake. If you have any other questions, you can e-mail me at Erinszoo@hotmail.com.
:I am pretty sure my snakes have crypto :(
:What is the best way to clean and disinfect the cage when i prob get rid of them? Do I also have to throw away the bags, trees, water dishes, etc.. that it has touched? I want the crypto to be 100% gone. If the crypto wasn't disinfected enough and there is a little bacteria in the corner of the cage and a new snake that i was going to get, gets in contact it will then have crypto. So it is a repeating process until i fully get rid of it or move.(which i can't) To further reinstate, will anything the snake gets in contact with have to be thrown away, or is there away to get rid of the bacteria on it? Any other info would be GREAT.