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When a snake or a lizard dies of old age
07-15-2012, 09:59 PM,
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When a snake or a lizard dies of old age
When a pet snake or lizard dies of old age (not disease)...
How do they die? Do they get sicker and sicker over the days before finally meet their end? Or do they just suddenly roll over and die?

Any signs? Less active? More active? Acting totally weird?
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07-15-2012, 10:29 PM,
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RE: When a snake or a lizard dies of old age
I am really interested in seeing the replies to this question because now you have me wondering. I was told before that lizards show no sign and just pass, but the person who told me that didn't even have a lizard Dodgy
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07-16-2012, 10:07 AM,
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RE: When a snake or a lizard dies of old age
This is an extremely difficult question to answer with any certainty. I would guesstimate that well over 90% of pet reptile deaths are preventable in some way, at least theoretically. Many problems can be hard to detect until it's too late. If kept in optimum conditions, and any problems are dealt with quickly, most reptile species can live seemingly forever. But all it takes is one lower respiratory infection (which can be hard to detect, and can be much more harmful than the more common upper respiratory infection), to go unnoticed, and many animals may never recover. Add to this, even if certain problems are detected, that proper treatment is difficult to determine and administer properly, even with expert herpetological veterinary care, and what exactly qualifies as "natural causes" its completely up in the air. I always think that any reptile death I've seen was preventable, at some point, though allot of times by the time the end is near its too late.

But to answer the original question, they slow down, start eating less, and become less active. Very similar to the actions of most elderly animals. And just like most other pets, their care should evolve as they age. The most common mistake in my opinion, especially with snakes, is overfeeding. Too many people want to watch their snake just eat a large prey item every week. A healthy, full grown, adult snake doesn't need to eat anywhere near that much. And for some species it can be downright detrimental.

But, as I said, there its normally some actual "cause"of death, so, there would be other symptoms associated with that actual cause.
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07-17-2012, 01:25 AM,
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RE: When a snake or a lizard dies of old age
So basically you are saying most deaths of pet reptiles are caused by something. Is it hard to have real "natural" death with a 100% healthy reptile but simply too old?
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