Salmonella question, gonna be a new Leo owner soon!

av0827713

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Hi!! I noticed on a couple videos I've watched researching Leos that they do carry salmonella just like all other reptiles however it's less risky than having a red eared slider for example. however I also noticed besides that people still play with their Leos allowing them on their face and their beds etc. I was wondering if it's safe to do those things also or if I might want to avoid that still?
 

TheGeckoDekko

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I've had 2 leos for over 7 years now and they've never been a problem.
This is really up to you if you want to be cautious, you can, but if you want to interact a lot, by all means, that's fine too.

The best thing to do to keep you and the leos safe is to wash your hands thoroughly after handling them or their terrarium.
 

acpart

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All reptiles, amphibians and small mammals are potential salmonella carriers. I think it's really an issue for someone who is immuno-compromised who probably should not touch these animals at all. I have no idea how many of these animals are actually carrying salmonella. I also have had no problems after 17 years of caring for many geckos. Handwashing after handling is a good idea and I would refrain from kissing a gecko!

Aliza
 

av0827713

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All reptiles, amphibians and small mammals are potential salmonella carriers. I think it's really an issue for someone who is immuno-compromised who probably should not touch these animals at all. I have no idea how many of these animals are actually carrying salmonella. I also have had no problems after 17 years of caring for many geckos. Handwashing after handling is a good idea and I would refrain from kissing a gecko!

Aliza
Thank you!!
 
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