Amoraq Pyke (roq) wrote in little_details,
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Mange-like disease in reptiles

I'm writing a fantasy novel that is using a creature called an alphyn that's essentially a wolf with a dragon's belly and forefeet.

I am looking for a reptile equivalent to mange. I've tried googling "lizard skin disease", which lead me mostly to eczema, "snake skin disease", "reptile skin disease", which mentioned mites, and "reptile mange", which was not helpful at all. The closest I've come to is mites. Is there any disease out there that causes reptiles to shed scales kind of the way mange sheds fur?
Tags: ~animals (misc), ~veterinary care
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