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Burns are common skin conditions in lizards and occur from inappropriate heating methods. Thermal burns that occur on the ventral aspect of the lizard need to be differentiated from a bacterial dermatitis.
The most common causes
- contact or close proximity to unprotected heating or light sources
- chemical agents
- faulty electrical equipment
Heated simulated rocks with faulty thermostats have been found to be responsible for burns in a number of cases. Reptiles don't have the same withdrawal reflex as mammals and don't seem to realize the heat source is burning the skin. However the lack of reflex can also be indicative of lethargy, weakness or even a more serious condition.
Treatment is similar to that for mammals:
- Rapid cooling
- Local antisepsis
- Supportive care
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