Nugget of Knowledge: Reptiles and salmonella

Your pet frog or lizard could be carrying a disease

Nugget of Knowledge

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – If you kiss a frog, will you get a handsome prince or sick from a weird disease?

The prince… probably not. But, if you kiss a frog you might get very sick from salmonella.

Even if you just hold hands with a frog, there’s a chance you could pick up the bacteria.

You should know that salmonella may be ready to jump to your body whenever you handle and care for an amphibian or reptile.

After touching the creature, use a disinfectant soap and if you have them as pets, make sure you keep their cages clean and have a veterinarian check them for salmonella.

A word on kissing your frog: reptiles and amphibians aren’t made to be cuddled and they don’t like it.

Many of these pets can cause damage with their teeth if you put your lips to them, so never kiss a frog, or a toad, or a newt or an iguana.

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