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Postby Tokkay » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:20 pm

So I unfortunately have a fairly sick panther chameleon right now and I fear that adenovirus may be the cause. Still waiting on the full blood work report to get a better idea.

That said, I've been trying to do research on adenoviruses in reptiles these last few days, and there seem to only be a few good sources with most other sources just repeating statements. I did find some interesting information to share about it for anyone else who ever may have to deal with adenovirus in one of their reptiles one day, or already has.

It looks like the University of Florida has been doing research on adenoviruses and is actually able to do some pathology testing:

(I believe northern blue tongue skinks are on the list of reptiles that are known to have been infected by adenoviruses)

Research for adenovirus is mostly focused towards bearded dragons, as they are most affected. It could be different in skinks, but in bearded dragons it looks like some can even be "carriers" of the virus for some time without showing symptoms, as well as being able to pass it on from mother to baby.

Some more informative documents: ... on_In_.pdf

It seems like adenoviruses are becoming more wide spread, especially for people who keep/breed bearded dragons. Some of the documents/articles can be a bit hard to follow (I don't know all the medical terms so well) but it appears like there may even be different 'strains' of viruses? The last link I posted indicates that there are actually different types/variations of the virus that affect different species, but I could just be misunderstanding. I'm not certain if the different virus types can be transmitted between different species (like a bearded dragon transmitting it to a skink).

It looks like liver and gastrointestinal problems are some of the biggest indicators that adenoviruses could be present. Some research indicates that neurological problems (stargazing, turning in circles) are also associated with adenovirus.

If anyone else is familiar with adenovirus or has any information/links they can share, I'm super interested to hear. I'm trying to learn more about it; even if my chameleon doesn't end up having it (fingers crossed), I'm really interested in learning more about adenoviruses in reptiles. I hope one day we are able to understand the virus even better and can find a cure for this problem.

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