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Disease it Causes
Turtles and tortoises, lizards, and snakes
Upset stomach, cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting; can become life threatening
Turtles and tortoises, snakes
Gastroenteritis; neonatal sepsis and meningitis
Same as salmonellosis plus more life-threatening illnesses
Painful and inflamed skin nodules, swelling and inflammation around the eye; could travel to the brain
Pentastomes (tongue worms)
Usually causes no symptoms; high numbers of worms can cause abscesses, masses, or blockage of ducts in various organs, with symptoms depending on the location
*Note: This is not a comprehensive list of infections passed from reptiles to people, but it includes the ones that are most common. (For a more detailed discussion of diseases you can catch from animals, see Introduction to Diseases Spread between Animals and People (Zoonoses) Introduction to Diseases Spread between Animals and People (Zoonoses) Diseases passed between animals and people (called zoonotic diseases or zoonoses) present an ongoing public health concern. Many organisms (such as bacteria and viruses) that infect animals... read more .