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Vent Drinking (Cloaca) Myth….Busted. Again!

Our good friend Dr Jonathon Howard busts the myth regarding Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps) drinking via the cloaca (vent area).

Many of you may know, I myself published an article a number of years ago regarding this myth, too great acceptance. A version, albeit shorter, can be found online, here.

It has since been used in related Vet classes, talks, exhibitions, etc.

Why this myth is even still doing the rounds, I have no idea.

I found papers from way back in the 1980’s where Dr Wade Sherbrooke bust the myth. And also busted again by Dr Shane Simpson (The Reptile Doctor) a couple of years ago. Yet still it exists. Absolute madness.

Anyway, here is the video, plus some extra related studies for you to delve into.

So now, please shut-up about butt drinking 😉

Extra research provided by Dr Jonathon Howard:

1. The Vet Report: Fluid Therapy In Reptiles BY DOUGLAS MADER, M.S., D.V.M., DABVP (C/F, R/A), DIPECZM (HERP)
Paul M. Gibbons, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Avian)
Animal Emergency Center & Specialty Services, Milwaukee, WI
3. Peterson CC, Greenshields D. Negative test for cloacal drinking in a semi‐aquatic turtle (Trachemys scripta), with comments on the functions of cloacal bursae. J Exp Zool 2001; 290:247-254.
Michael Braysher, Brian Green, Absorption of water and electrolytes from the cloaca of an Australian lizard, Varanus gouldii (gray),
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Volume 35, Issue 3,1970,Pages 607-614,

– Pete

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