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Old 09-03-2012, 06:31 PM
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On my reptile forum, lots of people say the risk is so low/non existent. As long as you wash your hands after handling, there's no worry.
^^ This is really all you need to worry about during pregnancy. Now, I practice careful hygiene with my snakes all the time, so this wasn't really a deal. Just don't lick the bearded dragon and you should be fine. LOL!

As for small kids, my best advice for when they are LITTLE little is to make sure you have an enclosure that is inaccessible. Either in a room the child doesn't have access to (at least not without supervision), or have it be high enough they can't reach. A locking enclosure is a good idea, but not always as easy as it sounds, depending on the containment you choose. That said, even very small kids can learn basic things like "don't pound on the cage" and "that isn't yours, please leave it alone".

I have rack systems for my cornsnakes. They are very secure, but I don't really have any method for locking them. The racks are in the master bedroom, which is an area that Justin generally doesn't spend much time. When I do have him in there with me, well, it's WITH me, so he has direct supervision and I can redirect him if he starts messing around with the racks.

Once the kid is old enough to understand, it's the standard lessons in learning to handle animals with proper respect, including hand washing, etc. Or so I assume. We haven't gotten to that age yet.

All in all, I just practice good keeper habits with my reptiles, and don't stress about it too much.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:48 PM
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I had a tortoise when I was six...I survived. LOL I never got sick from her, nor did my two year old siblings. That's all I have to add.
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My only experiences with reptiles have been limited to a very small turtle and a even smaller tree frog between when I was 4 - 7. I didn't handle either very much but I would say just be very vigilant about thoroughly washing hands after handling, feeding, maintenance etc - obviously no kissing/orifice contact at any time, and it should be pretty safe.
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Just an update--I went to my family doctor today for a check up and mentioned the reptile concern. He agreed that it was pretty much like handling raw meat--good hand washing and hygiene. He also said that I was the first patient to ever ask him if it was ok to have a bearded dragon while pregnant and with a small child-lol.
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Bearded dragons are pretty tough, I'm sure it'd be fine if you had a kid. Just wash the kid well before you let the dragon touch it.
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Bearded dragons are pretty tough, I'm sure it'd be fine if you had a kid. Just wash the kid well before you let the dragon touch it.
Omg. :lol:
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Bearded dragons are pretty tough, I'm sure it'd be fine if you had a kid. Just wash the kid well before you let the dragon touch it.


The biggest risk with salmonella are aquatic turtles. The poor dudes defecate in their water, and the vast majority of people don't have anywhere near adequate filtration or water changes to keep the bacteria load down to an acceptable level. They're swimming in a petri dish basically, so there's a higher risk of infection from handling a miskept turtle than, say, a desert dwelling critter where you can spot clean and sterilize his environment pretty regularly.

If your dragon is set up with proper UV lights and all, really his enclosure should stay fairly sterile just from that.
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Bearded dragons are pretty tough, I'm sure it'd be fine if you had a kid. Just wash the kid well before you let the dragon touch it.
Lol!!
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