Health and aquatic environment assessment of captive Central American River Turtles, dermatemys mawii, at two farms in Tabasco, Mexico

Periodo de realización: 1900/01/01 al 2014/06/01

Tipo: Artículo científico

Resumen: "Health evaluations were conducted in 2 captive colonies of Central American river turtles, Dermatemys mawii, from sites in Tabasco, Mexico: Government of the State of Tabasco’s turtle farm (GOV) and Arroyo Tabasquillo turtle farm (TAB). Health assessments were conducted in February, May, and August. Each assessment included a group clinical history, physical examinations, serum biochemistry panels, and bacteriological analyses. Additionally, water quality of turtle ponds was analyzed monthly at each site. High frequency of shell lesions and other clinical signs related to a harmful aquatic environment were found at both farms. Serum biochemistry results include levels of urea in both farms that repeatedly exceeded reference values for this species and values greater than normal for total protein, uric acid, and triglycerides at TAB. Bacteriological results showed potentially pathogenic microorganisms in lesions, including Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Serratia spp., Klebsiella spp., and Candida spp. Water quality in both farms was poor"

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