Anorexia in a reptile is NOT a disease …. it is a symptom of an underlying problem. Please keep this in mind if you notice that your reptile has stopped eating – something is apparently wrong and you need to investigate the matter further.
Contact your veterinarian if your pet stops eating for more than a couple of a days. But of course, if you are seeing obvious signs of illness or injury, you should contact your veterinarian immediately!
Another exception would be if your reptile is sexually mature and in breeding season – breeding affects the appetites of many reptiles. If this is the case, you do not need to worry too much if your pet has stopped eating for a couple of days.
This is why it is important to keep detailed records about daily eating habits including frequency, excitement towards, amount consumed etc … But if you do notice a change in the normal eating patterns of your pet, here are a few possible explanations:
- There are new people/owners feeding the reptile.
- The reptile is shedding (which can be a very uncomfortable process for some!)
- The reptile is in breeding season and the mind is focused on “other things.”
- There is insufficient lighting in the habitat or the day outside is overcast (if there is a window in the room).
- The temperatures in the enclosure are too cool … or too hot.
- The reptile is stressed (for any number of reasons – cagemates, new surroundings etc …)
- The reptile is injured or experiencing some form of a medical problem.
- The reptile is infected with internal parasites.
- Let’s just face it – not everyone wants to eat for an audience either – stop watching!
- The enclosure/habitat has recently moved and/or changed or is too small.
- And of course, the food might not be to their liking (so you may want to vary the diet a bit).
With these in mind, you might now be able to take the necessary and appropriate action(s) to remedy the situation and get your reptile eating once again.
By Candace, SaveTheReptiles.com