Signs of Pain and Discomfort in Herps
©2000 Melissa Kaplan
Since herps cannot groan, or grimace, or complain aloud about where it hurts, we must use our observation skills and knowledge of the normal behaviors and routines of the species and our individuals specifically to determine when something is not right.
There are times when a healthy herp will act differently, but these changes should be seen for what they are by the experienced herper:
Changes associated with breeding season:
Changes associated with skin shedding:
If it is not breeding season or the beginning of a new shed period, the following signs may indicate pain from an injury, abscess, tumor, abdominal mass, or other problem:
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