In a recent survey of members of the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, 98% of the respondents indicated their belief that reptiles do feel pain. The idea of addressing pain in reptile patients has only recently been discussed. Their jaws are forced open so that a tube can be jammed down their throats in order to pump their bodies full of water and make … Yes, a snake does feel pain, just as we do. Some indications that a reptile is in pain may include:-- Anorexia - Aggression in a normally passive animal Birds have pain receptors, Bekoff says, and feel pain as mammals do. ‣ We will never be able to objectively answer whether reptiles feel pain because they simply cannot communicate with humans 7 ‣ A snake feels no pain, but reacts mechanically to pain stimulus. It is not possible to know what a reptile feels, but it is reasonable to assume that a vertebrate with a nervous system as advanced as a reptile's would feel pain. The shell of chelonians is composed of fused living dermal bone covered by keratinised epidermis, It therefore can feel sensation and pain. Conventional wisdom would answer that insects do not. This means that they can percieve pain just as sensitively as mammalian species. We need to make a conscious effort to remember that these creatures can and do feel pain even if we don’t see signs of it. Needless to say, reptiles can feel when they are touched, just as all other animals, including humans, can feel touch and pain. Pain ‣ Do reptiles feel pain? If a hawk picks a snake up with its long talons, the snake feels pain and bites the bird. However, only 39% of respondents in this survey reported using analgesics in > 50% of their patients subjected to surgical … It doesn't experience pain as we humans do. As such, they may not react the way we would, or the way we expect a dog or cat would, to being uncomfortable … Generally, reptiles do demonstrate basic emotions. If they aren’t beheaded or nailed to a tree, they are bludgeoned and beaten. Can reptiles feel or portray emotions? ‣ Is the perception of pain by a reptile equivalent to that of a mammal? This is a very hard question, and one they’re researching all the time. If, after a number of attempts to feed it, a snake still refuses to eat independently, it is better to kill it. ‣ Perhaps, more importantly, can we recognize pain in reptiles? A reptile, amphibian, or fish has a central nervous system and can feel pain and stress. Pain aids in encouraging behaviors that help snakes survive in the wild. CAN REPTILES EXPERIENCE PAIN? Treating pain in animals is a fundamental part of what veterinarians do. The bird may let go, and then the snake can retreat and live another day. Although there are a lot of anecdotal reports for treating pain in reptiles, in fact only a few actual studies have been performed. 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