> You are talking about the intestinal waterborne parasite?
> Where did your reptile contract Cryptosporidiosis?
I suspect I've had a long term, chronic infection in a couple of my
gopher snakes, probably by introducing an infected animal to my
collection some years ago. It recently got worse, and one of my snakes
died. I have one other snake that is showing similar symptoms.
> What precautions are you taking to prevent the spread to other animals
Quarentine and disinfection of cages and supplies.
> and by all mean to you or other people?
Reptillian cryptosporidium is not infectious to humans, and vice versa.
> What is the use of hydrogen peroxide for treatment of this disease? I
> thought this was a disease that had to run its course!
Not a treatment, as a disinfectant. Cryptosporidium oocytes are
unaffected by bleach, isopropyl ***, and most other disinfectants.
In my review of what little medical literature I could find on the
subject in a short period of time, there are three effective
disinfectants: quaternary ammonia (windshield cleaning solution was
used in the study) is somewhat but not completely effective, 6% hydrogen
peroxide was a completely effective disinfectant after 13 minutes of
exposure, and exposure to UV light is reported to be effective at
killing the spores (not reptile UV lights, mind you, you need some fancy
equipment to get the UV for sterilization).
For all I know, the 3% hydrogen peroxide solutions you can buy at
***tores might work, too, but I want to be sure I kill the nasties. I
have many seemingly healthy snakes and, as of several years ago,
cryptosporidium infections in snakes was both incurable and invariably
lethal. This might have changed recently (hence my question to the
group). Unfortunately, in my case veterinary treatment is not an option
for about a month, but after late September/early October, I plan to
have my snakes tested and, if possible, treated for this parasite.
Until then, I am doing everything in my power to make sure that the
infection does not spread to the rest of my snakes.
To email me, take out the trash.