First Aid For Reptiles
Snakes, Lizards and the Law
Snakes and lizards have lost a great
deal of their habitat and and are
declining in numbers.
They are protected species and anyone
with a snake or lizards in their garden are actually very
fortunate to see them at such close quarters.
They hibernate in the cold months and are vulnerable when they first
emerge to warm up in the sun.
If you can't get to a rescue centre
straight away, you will need to get someone to hold the snake firmly
just behind the
head and about two thirds of the way along the body while you examine
it and clean any wounds. Wipe away any
surface dirt gently and clean injuries with
dilute saline solution or better still, Hypercal solution.
4 drops Hypercal tincture
1 teaspoon warm, boiled water
a pint of warm, boiled water
Half a teaspoon of salt
Stir to dissolve and use to clean any
scratches or cuts.
Run over by car, mower, etc.
This will cause extensive internal
injuries unless only the extreme tip of the tail is
The animal needs to be put to sleep by a qualified Vet or Vet nurse.
Caught by a Cat
Cats can cause puncture wounds and
scratches that are full of bacteria so the animal will need to be taken
a Rescue Centre for antibiotic cover and have
the wounds cleaned.
Small snakes and lizards can be badly injured by cats and if the
injuries are extensive it may be kinder
to put the animal to sleep.
If most of the tail and the vent are missing, it has to be put to sleep
Tangled in pond netting
Hold it firmly just behind the head and
about two thirds along the length of the body, to support the
It is easier if one person holds the snake and another person can cut
away the netting until it is free.
Put into a pillowcase or deep cardboard box lined with newspaper and
see if it is injured.
Snakes can lose scales when struggling to escape and will need some
long acting antibiotic and care until the wounds heal.
Take to a rescue centre for examination and leave your phone number; it
have to be returned to the place it was found.
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