Melissa Kaplan's
Herp Care Collection
Last updated August 9, 2002

First Aid Kit For Reptiles

Compiled by Melissa Kaplan, 1993


The following is the first aid kit of goodies I keep around for my animals. It may contain more than you require considering the fact that many of the items listed here are used when working with rescued and injured reptiles and other animals.

Betadine (povidone-iodine
Nolvasan (chlorhexadine diacetate- or Hibiclens [chlorhexadine gluconate])
Assorted needles
Assorted syringes
Assorted feeding tubes
Eye dropper
Small turkey baster
Dental curettes
Scalpel handles and assorted blades
Claw clippers
Kwik Stop or corn starch (many small containers to avoid transmitting blood infections and parasites)
Pill cutter/crusher
KY Jelly (without spermicide; for lubricating feeding tips)
Condoms (make great occlusive bandages for snakes)
Paper first aid tape (goes against reptile skin and releases without damaging the skin)
Adhesive first aid tape (goes on top of paper tape)
Vetrap (goes on top of adhesive or paper tape to make the bandage water resistant and harder for the reptile to get off)
Gauze sponges, assorted sizes
Mineral oil (lubricating old feeding syringe plungers)
Cotton-tipped swabs
Toothpicks (good to open baby chelonian mouths)
Tongue depressors
Popsicle sticks
Rubber kitchen spatulas
Magnifying glass
Stacks of clean terry towels
Calcium gluconate
Calcium glubionate
Hill's a/d
Ensure - regular and low protein formulas
Baby food beef, vegetable, fruit
Nutristat or Endura-jel
Lactated Ringers
Sterile Saline
Triple antibiotic ointment
Silvadene cream
Fenbendazole (Panacur)
Metronidazole (Flagyl)
Baytril (Enrofloxacin)
Amikacin (amiglyde sulfate)
Terramycin ophthalmic ointment
Triple beam gram scale (for weighing small animals)
10 lb food scale
Lab beakers

My car kit has Betadine, Nolvasan, alcohol, gauze pads, tape, scissors, scalpel blades and handles, triple antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids (for humans), disposable rubber gloves, zip lock bags, towels, and mammal gloves.

Related Articles

Blackening Skin Syndrome/Vesicular Dermatitis

Health, Illness, Injury and Stress

Herp Behavior

First Aid for Reptiles

Human Health Concerns

Amphibians Conservation Health Lizards Resources
Behavior Crocodilians Herpetology Parent/Teacher Snakes
Captivity Education Humor Pet Trade Societies/Rescues
Chelonians Food/Feeding Invertebrates Plants Using Internet
Clean/Disinfect Green Iguanas & Cyclura Kids Prey Veterinarians
Home About Melissa Kaplan CND Lyme Disease Zoonoses
Help Support This Site

Brought to you thanks to the good folks at Veterinary Information Network, Inc.