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Can contact with a pet reptile or amphibian cause Salmonella infection?

Reptiles and amphibians are popular pets with many families. Turtles, frogs, iguanas, snakes, geckos, horned toads, salamanders, and chameleons are colorful, quiet, and often kept as pets. Reptiles and amphibians frequently carry a germ called Salmonella that can cause serious illness in people. Although many people think that Salmonella infections are caused only by contaminated food, these germs can also be caught by handling animals, including reptiles or amphibians. Salmonella infections can also result from having contact with reptile or amphibian environments, including the water from containers or aquariums where they live.

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