How Common Is Salmonella in Reptiles and Exotics? 

Salmonella infection, or salmonellosis, is fairly common among a wide range of species. Affecting the intestinal tracts of humans, animals, and birds, the bacteria is shed through feces. While people are often infected through contaminated food (like raw eggs or undercooked chicken) or water, we can also get sick from the pets we love. 

A significant feature of pocket pet care is habitat sanitation, but salmonella in reptiles, exotics, and other small pets can easily spread by incomplete or non-existent hand washing. 

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