Fungal Diseases

Fungal infections can occur for a variety of reasons: excessive humidity, low temperature, poor nutrition, poor sanitation, injury or trauma, stress or low immunity. Fungal skin infections usually result from poor environmental conditions. For example, dirty and humid habitats will increase risk of infection and encourage fungal growth.

Symptoms: Fungal diseases can affect the skin as well as internal organs, such as the lungs, liver, stomach, kidneys, spleen. Symptoms depend on the site of infection, although skin infections are easier to identify and often take the form of lesions or discolouration on the skin. Lung or respiratory infections could result in difficulty breathing. Fungal infections weaken the immunity of the animal and can contribute to malnourishment and other complications and infections.


‘Black spot’ has been recorded in wild and captive New Zealand lizards, and takes the form of blackening in between the scales. This discolouration can spread  and