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How to Handle Small Mammals and Reptiles

Even if you have only limited experience with animals, you probably know your way around a dog leash and have little trouble handling a Siamese. But odds are you have considerably less experience picking up a chinchilla or holding a hedgehog. You’ll find the illustrations and text below helpful the next time you need to remove a small mammal or reptile to clean his cage or for socialization, exercise, even medical treatment.

CAUTION: When working with exotic or other nondomestic animals it’s always a good idea to wear latex gloves and a surgical mask to protect yourself from zoonoses and other diseases. Thick leather gloves will limit your dexterity and may lead you to inadvertently handle the animal roughly, possibly resulting in the animal’s injury. As with all creatures, careful handling will greatly reduce your risk of being bitten.

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