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Aqua Gloves – an Important Tool in the Fight against Salmonella and Mycobacteria

MudpuppyTurtles have been much in the news as potential carriers of Salmonella, but many people do not realize that nearly any creature, including dogs and cats, can transmit the bacteria.  Less well-known are the potential health problems posed by Micobacteria, many species of which thrive in aquariums housing fishes, amphibians, reptiles and/or invertebrates.  Coralife Aqua Gloves are an excellent safety measure for those times when your hands must be submerged in aquarium or aqua-terrarium water.

Mycobacteria and Aquatic Pets

Those keeping newts, aquatic frogs and fishes usually give less thought to potential health hazards than turtle keepers.  However, in a recent conversation with an infectious disease doctor I learned that Micobacteria infections are often more common than Salmonellosis among aquarists and herp keepers (infections from cat scratches seem to top the list in every infectious disease practice).

Using Aqua Gloves

Aqua GlovesCoralife Aqua Gloves are actually marketed for use in marine aquariums, to prevent stings and nips from creatures such as corals, anemones and lobsters, and they serve that purpose admirably.  But I also find them quite useful when working in aquariums housing aquatic reptiles and amphibians.  In such situations, standard disposable latex gloves offer no protection, as water seeps inside them once they are submerged.  While designed for use underwater, Aqua Gloves also come in handy for any job where splashed water might bring bacteria into contact with skin.

Aqua Gloves are an especially good idea during the winter, when cracked skin on one’s hands can serve as an invitation to bacterial attack.

Aqua Gloves extend from fingertips to the very top of the arm, where an elastic band helps keep them in place.  Fashioned from PVC and fiber-reinforced, they are flexible and allow for precise finger control.

Further Reading

Product information on Aqua Gloves is posted on our web site here.

You can learn more about preventing Salmonella infections on the website of the Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital.

Further information on Micobacteria in aquariums is available here.



About Frank Indiviglio

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Being born with a deep interest in animals might seem unfortunate for a native Bronxite , but my family encouraged my interest and the menagerie that sprung from it. Jobs with pet stores and importers had me caring for a fantastic assortment of reptiles and amphibians. After a detour as a lawyer, I was hired as a Bronx Zoo animal keeper and was soon caring for gharials, goliath frogs, king cobras and everything in-between. Research has taken me in pursuit of anacondas, Orinoco crocodiles and other animals in locales ranging from Venezuela’s llanos to Tortuguero’s beaches. Now, after 20+ years with the Bronx Zoo, I am a consultant for several zoos and museums. I have spent time in Japan, and often exchange ideas with zoologists there. I have written books on salamanders, geckos and other “herps”, discussed reptile-keeping on television and presented papers at conferences. A Master’s Degree in biology has led to teaching opportunities. My work puts me in contact with thousands of hobbyists keeping an array of pets. Without fail, I have learned much from them and hope, dear readers, that you will be generous in sharing your thoughts on this blog and web site. For a complete biography of my experience click here.
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