This is something I’ve been meaning to write up a post about, but haven’t had the time until now, when I myself am quarantined awaiting the results of a covid test
Quarantine is the process of isolating new animals or those with possible health conditions in such a way that they cannot pass along parasites or illness to other animals in the vicinity.
It’s important because not all health conditions are immediately evident, some may have a long incubation period and others may be a latent state that will only become evident after stress, like shipping.
Some good quarantine practices include:
Ensure that your quarantine area is far enough away from areas where your current reptiles are housed
Quarantine new animals for a minimum of three weeks
Handle and take care of your current healthy reptiles before working with or feeding reptiles in quarantine
Keep designated equipment (such as hides, feeding tongs, and water bowls) separate and clean/sanitize regularly
Practice good hygiene by washing your hands and even changing clothes after handling or working around new reptiles.
Everyone’s quarantine practices are slightly different depending on the size of the collection, differences in facility setup and species.
Personally I keep my current collection in a rack system, but all new quarantining animals are kept in individual glass tanks for ease of isolation and cleaning.
Is there anything I forgot? What does everyone’s quarantine setup and practices look like?