The hook worm is a parasite that infests tortoises, reptiles and humans.
Hook worm larvae like to live in water, puddles, even raindrops on wet grass. Your tort drinks the water or eats the grass and swallows the hook worm larvae. They then travel through the stomach and take up residence in the gut where some mature into adults, laying eggs that are passed out in the poo to start the life cycle all over again. Others burrow into the muscle tissue where they encyst and lay dormant. In males this can be for life. In females however, if they become pregnant, this wakes the larvae up and they will be passed on to the hatchlings via the eggs.
But whilst they are live, awake and in your pet they start to cause serious damage. They can siphon off huge amounts of blood from your animal’s intestines causing haemorage, anaemia and general illness.
We can see their eggs or larvae in your worm count screen. If your tort has these worms we will prescribe a course of medication, consisting of three doses of wormer, as the medicine only kills adults.
Hook worms will also attack you and will burrow through your skin, usually around your feet and ankle area. They will live quite hapily in you or your children. They cause disease and ulceration of the entrance site. Don’t leave it to chance that your tortoise or lizard does not have these horrible parasites. Have a worm count done for peace of mind. Order your worm count kit https://wormcount.com/order-now/.