Exotic pets

Specific guidance is necessary for protection of health with respect to exotic pets, particularly reptiles.

  • UK Government (Public Health England, Department of Health and Defra) provide joint advice Reducing the risks of Salmonella infection from reptiles as they believe most reptiles should be presumed to carry Salmonella in their gut, even if they show no signs of infection.  These bacteria are readily transferred to the skin and surroundings of the reptiles.
  • Salmonella can cause serious illness in people, so precautions should include: