Popular type of gecko laden with
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by Jacques Von Lunen,
Special to The Oregonian
A type of
lizard commonly sold in pet stores was found to harbor ten types of
salmonella, the magazine Scientific American reported on its science blog (click
to see photo)
Kathleen Smith, a researcher at Brown University,
examined 150 Tokay geckos imported from Indonesia. Sixty percent of the
popular pet geckos carried Salmonella. While reptiles are known to carry
the pathogen, the number of different strains inside the geckos surprised
Speaking yesterday at a meeting of the Ecological Society
of America in Albuquerque, N.M., Smith said the geckos that tested
positive harbored strains of salmonella usually found only in livestock,
poultry and rodents.
Smith asked the Indonesian exporter for an explanation, he said Tokay
geckos are "the pigeons of Indonesia," the science blog
reported. The lizards for the pet trade are often collected in bathrooms
and livestock pens.
headed up a research group that examined the likelihood of exotic pets' bringing
disease into this country. The group's findings, published in the journal
Science earlier this year, may
add fuel to the controversy surrounding the Nonnative Wildlife Invasion
Prevention Act. That bill, H.R. 669, is making its way through
Congress. It would severely hamper the import of exotic pets.
a column on how to detect and treat salmonella in pet reptiles soon.