Sure, it’s the popular fairy tale and a little girl’s dream: she kisses the frog and he becomes a handsome prince, whisking her away to his castle and a life of “happily ever after” royal bliss. We hate to burst that wonderful bubble, but it’s more likely that the frog will give her Salmonella than turn into a prince. We’re really not trying to ruin the fairy tale, we promise…but there’s something you need to know. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report about 48 people who became ill from Salmonella infection after they handled frogs.
Amphibians and reptiles can carry Salmonella. That doesn’t mean you should get rid of your reptile or amphibian pets, though. What it does mean is that you should take some common sense precautions to protect yourself and your family.
For more information, view the AVMA’s “Amphibians, Reptiles and Salmonella” resources.