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Old 07-29-2009, 07:57 PM
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Do Chameleon Spread Illness To Humans

Sorry if it's a dumb question, But do chameleons spread any illness to humans. Can a chameleon cage be keept in a bedroom?
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:03 PM
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Sorry if it's a dumb question, But do chameleons spread any illness to humans. Can a chameleon cage be keept in a bedroom?
Well they can obviously spread salmonella and stuff. Thats all I know of atleast. And of course you can keep one in your bedrrom!!! It lets you keep an eye on its health alot easier and stuff
Just make sure to keep those hands washed!
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:14 PM
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salmonella is all I have ever heard about. I think you would have to never clean your enclosure, put your chameleon in your mouth and possibly eat its poo to get it. I dunno for sure though!
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I have a 3 year old son that im worried about. I don't want him getting into the cage and getting salmonella.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:29 PM
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salmonella is all I have ever heard about. I think you would have to never clean your enclosure, put your chameleon in your mouth and possibly eat its poo to get it. I dunno for sure though!
It is actually quite possible to catch salmonella from chameleon; but, one has to not practice standard hygiene habit, although not to the extreme like what you have described.
The best way to contract salmonella from chameleons, or any reptile in general, is to not wash your hands after tending them and their cages.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:32 PM
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I have a 3 year old son that im worried about. I don't want him getting into the cage and getting salmonella.
I would limit your 3 yo son the access to your chameleon room.
Wash your hands before and after you tend your chameleon's business.
Always make sure your son wash his hands in case he touch or handle any chameleon related items in your house.
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It's not a dumb question at all. The media likes to scare us with all the dire warnings about disease and the germs in daily life. If you keep your cham's cage clean (which the cham and you will appreciate anyway) and clean your hands after handling you would just about have to put the cham in your mouth to get salmonella. Any reptile, amphibian, bird can carry salmonella but it is far easier to get it from something wet...such as a frog. I just keep a bottle of simple hand sanitizer right at the cage front...so when anyone handles anything cage or cham related it is handy and becomes part of the regular routine.
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Any time I have anyone in my cham room or when I do a program at the schools, I take a bottle of sanitzer and everyone uses it both before and after they are near my animals. If you have a sanitizer next to the door just teach your son to sanitize as he walks in and as he wlaks out. then you should not ever encounter that type of problem. I love chams and kids so don't want either to have problems due to passing germs.
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While there are around 2,235 variations of salmonella statistics have shown that only 36% of lizards actually carry salmonella. Seems to me that percentage would be in the wild more than the Captive bred. But still no reason to forego precautionary habits.
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With children I'd be safe, pay the money for a salmonella culture and know for a fact. Because if they don't have it, they're not likely going to get it (unless you also keep turtles or iguanas or handle unknown reptiles).

My vet once told me that he's never once seen a healthy looking reptile that had salmonella. But it never hurts to check. It's bad for the reptile too.
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