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My area of expertise would be snakes and reptile genetics (again mostly w/ snakes). Although I have dealt w/ almost all species of reptiles commonly sold in the US.


YOU WILL GET A REJECTION OF YOUR QUESTION IF YOU FAIL TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS TO QUESTIONER IN FULL!. I am primarily here to assist with health concerns. I am here for the more difficult questions. Not for questions that you could research & easily find the answer yourself. My standards are that you provide DETAILED and RELEVANT background history on your pet before you ask me any question about it other than GENDER or ID. The requested information is in the instructions to questioner. Failure to answer each of those questions to provide that background, will result in your question being rejected. I can answer questions related reptile husbandry, identification (esp. in Texas and the SW), legal aspects, and advanced level medical care. I am the director of Wichita Falls Reptile Rescue (TX), a wildlife rehabilitator specializing in reptiles, a founding member of The Society for Horned Lizard Preservation, a subscriber to the International Veterinary Information Service,, educational content contributor to, and a Dept of State Health Services accredited animal control instructor (CE) for reptile handling. I do most of my own veterinary care in-house, including minor surgery and necropsy. I am most experienced in .....

Tracie Kretzschmar

I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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2017-02-06 Leopard Gecko with bruises?:

Hello Matt,    That is understandable, they can be quite squirmy!  LOL  It is a great sign though that he is acting normal, is active & eating & lets you handle him, too.    Hopefully there wont be any

2017-02-05 Leopard Gecko with bruises?:

Hello Matt,    I am sorry that happened to your little gecko!  Unfortunately, accidents do happen.  I am very surprised also, that he didn't drop his tail as well.    Do you happen to have a picture of

2017-02-01 leopard gecko acting unusual after feeding:

Hello Amber,    Sorry your little gecko isn't doing well.  Do you have any pictures?    What type of setup do you have for him, do you have a warm side?  I am thinking that he may have eaten a cricket

2017-01-23 Bearded dragon lighting issue:

Hello Anita,    Ok, great, let me know what type of thermometer you got today.    The distance is fine on the 160 watt, but you could probably move it a little closer as long as there is proper ventilation

2017-01-22 Bearded dragon lighting issue:

Hello Anita,    Which brand of Mercury vapor bulb do you have?  A 160 watt is pretty powerful for a 40 gallon, but, if you have it far enough away then it should be fine.  As long as you are monitoring

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