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If you own a reptile such as a snake or a turtle, you may be wondering if they can catch fleas from other pets in your home. We will look at the different pests and their relation to reptiles, such as fleas or mites. This will help you take the right course of action to deal with these outbreaks. So, can reptiles get fleas? Let’s have a look.

Can Reptiles Get Fleas?

An interesting question that many people have is whether reptiles can get fleas. The simple answer is no; they cannot. Fleas are parasitic creatures that feed off the blood of warm-blooded animals and reptiles are cold-blooded and cannot produce heat from their bodies. In addition, the skin of reptiles is covered in scales, which provides a barrier that fleas cannot penetrate. Even if a flea were able to get past a reptile’s scales, it would not like what it found to eat. As a result, reptiles are immune to flea infestations.

However, this does not mean that they are completely safe from pests. Mites and ticks can still attach themselves to reptiles, which can cause health problems if they are not removed quickly.

What Are Reptile Mites?

Reptile mites are tiny arthropods that feed on the blood of reptiles. While they are typically found on snakes and lizards, they can also infect other animals such as turtles, tortoises, and iguanas. Reptile mites are tiny and dark-colored, making them difficult to spot. An infestation can quickly lead to anemia and even the death of your pet if left untreated.

How To Know If You Have a Reptile Mite?

Reptile mites are usually found around the eyes, nose, and mouth of affected animals, but they can also spread to other body parts. Symptoms of a mite infestation include excessive scratching, redness, irritation of the skin, and loss of appetite. Fortunately, there are several ways to tell if your reptile has mites. First, take a close look at your pet’s skin. If you see any red bumps or spots, your reptile may have mites. Another telltale sign is excessive scratching or rubbing against surfaces. If you notice your reptile doing this more than usual, it’s time to look. Finally, check for any signs of irritation around the eyes or nose. If your reptile has mites, you may notice that its eyes are watery or that it has trouble breathing.

If you suspect that your reptile has mites and you are worried, take it to the vet for a professional diagnosis.

How To Get Rid of Reptile Mites?

Reptile mites are a common problem for reptile and amphibian enthusiasts. These tiny mites can attach themselves to the skin of reptiles and amphibians and can cause them to lose appetite, become lethargic, and in some cases, die. There are a few things that you can do to get rid of these pesky mites:

Bathe Your Pet

You should bathe your reptile or amphibian regularly. It will help to keep the skin clean and free of mites. Cleaning the skin is essential for taking care of any animal, especially reptiles and amphibians. One of the best ways to do this is with a reptile or amphibian bath. A reptile or amphibian bath is simply a container with a water source. The water should be changed frequently, but at least daily for most reptiles and amphibians.

Replace Substrate

Replacing the substrate in your tank is an easy way to help you get rid of mites. By doing so, you will remove any food source that the mites may be feeding on. If you are using a reptile carpet, you will need to give it a thorough scrub clean! Be sure to clean your tank before adding new substrate thoroughly. This will ensure that all traces of mites, eggs, and larvae are gone.

Sterilize Enclosure Furniture

Sterilizing the furniture in your reptile enclosure will go a long way to help get rid of mites. Mites are tiny creatures that thrive in dirty environments and can cause skin problems and other health issues. You can sterilize furniture by wiping it down with a vinegar solution or using a steam cleaner. Be sure to let the furniture dry completely before reusing it.

How to Prevent an Infestation of Reptile Mites?

The best way to prevent an infestation is to keep your reptile habitat clean and bathe your pet and inspect them for signs of mites regularly. These include checking for redness and irritation around the eyes and nose and small black dots on the skin. If you notice any of these symptoms, take your pet to the vet for treatment. With proper care, reptile mites can be effectively controlled.


The primary question was whether or not reptiles can get fleas and the answer is no, reptiles cannot harbor fleas, but they can be susceptible to an infestation of mites. Reptile mites are tiny parasites that feed on the blood of reptiles. While most mites are harmless, some species can cause serious health problems for their hosts. If left untreated, mite infestations can lead to anemia, weight loss, and death.

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Reptile Wrestler Tips!

“Regularly bathe your reptile to keep them clean and healthy!”

“If in doubt, take your pet to the vet to be looked over by a professional!”

“Always keep your reptile habitat clean – contrary to popular belief, reptiles are neither dirty nor slimy!”

“If you suspect an infestation of reptile mites, bathe your pet immediately and move them to a quarantine enclosure whilst you sterilize its habitat!”


Is flea spray harmful to reptiles?

Most flea sprays are made with organophosphates, which are extremely toxic to reptiles. They can cause respiratory problems, nerve damage, and even death. Reptiles should NEVER be sprayed with any type of insecticide or pesticide. If you think your reptile has been exposed to a pesticide, call your veterinarian immediately.

Can dog fleas live on snakes?

No, dog fleas cannot live on snakes. This is because fleas require a warm-blooded host in order to survive, and snakes are not warm-blooded animals.

Can Lizards Get Fleas?

No, lizards cannot get fleas. However, they can sometimes become infested with mites, which are tiny arthropods that closely resemble fleas. Mites can cause irritation and serious health problems in lizards, so it’s important to take your pet to the vet if you suspect it has them.

About Me

Hi, I’m Stuart and I’ve had reptiles for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I studied for a master’s in Herpetology. Over the years I have worked at several zoos before opening my very own reptile sanctuary. In my spare time, I run this website – which is a resource for people who want to learn more about their little beasties.

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