Wound healing in reptiles

Photo: Reptile

A bearded dragon lizard receives laser therapy as part of a study of wound healing in reptiles.

Skin wounds are a common clinical presentation in reptiles. Reptiles have a very low metabolic rate and heal slowly; wounds often require extensive and long-term medical treatment regardless of the initial cause. To gain more understanding of reptile wound healing and provide a model for systematic evaluation of therapies that may improve healing, CZAR researchers have developed a technique for creating and monitoring wounds in healthy bearded dragon lizards. Our method is based on a similar technique used in mice, which provides a basis for comparison of mammalian and reptilian healing.

Grants:

  • 2012 CCAH Resident Grant: Cutaneous wound healing in the skink and evaluation of therapeutic agents.
  • 2012 AAZV Wild Animal Health Fund: Cutaneous wound healing in the skink and evaluation of therapeutic agents.