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Old 05-05-2010, 09:54 AM
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i have a dreadful cold, can my leopard geckos catch it?

i need to bathe one of their eyes, i don't know whether to risk it or not, husband has also got this cold, so he can't do the eye, unsure what to do.

please could some kind person advise me?

have got a face mask at the ready, and antibacterial soap to disinfect my hands before i do it's eye

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i wouldn't say snakes can catch human infections the same way we can't catch theirs.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:22 AM
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i wouldn't say snakes can catch human infections the same way we can't catch theirs.
Maybe you should take your own advice and learn to read, the question was about geckos not snakes.
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:23 AM
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i have a dreadful cold, can my leopard geckos catch it?

i need to bathe one of their eyes, i don't know whether to risk it or not, husband has also got this cold, so he can't do the eye, unsure what to do.

please could some kind person advise me?

have got a face mask at the ready, and antibacterial soap to disinfect my hands before i do it's eye

dee x
I think you should be OK, but basic hygiene is always a good idea anyway.
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No, reptiles can't catch colds or most other human diseases. The only things we share are mostly parasitical based or digestive system such as salmonella, that can be carried by both humans and reptiles.

Anything like colds, flus etc. you're perfectly safe to handle reptiles, just like we can't catch their respiratory infections and so on.
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thank you so much for all of your replies, i really appreciate it, i will be able to do her eye without too much worry now. i adore all my little ones, and i'd hate to give them a nasty sore throat.

many many thanks

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Maybe you should take your own advice and learn to read, the question was about geckos not snakes.
they're both reptiles and the answer is still the same.. so sling it.
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they're both reptiles and the answer is still the same.. so sling it.
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they're both reptiles and the answer is still the same.. so sling it.
Blah, blah, blah. sorry did I point out something that was pointless and insignificant? Don't know who else I've seen do that on here.
Oh now look, I've had to throw my corn flakes away, there is something other than milk on them.
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Blah, blah, blah. sorry did I point out something that was pointless and insignificant? Don't know who else I've seen do that on here.
Oh now look, I've had to throw my corn flakes away, there is something other than milk on them.

you do realise you're making yourself look like an idiot. People will read this thread looking to see if they can pass diseases onto their reptiles and see you acting like a petulant child.
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