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CES Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia

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OTERO, Gabriel Álvarez et al. Histopathology of organs and lesions in captive Colombian slider turtles (Trachemys callirostris callirostris) from Cordoba, ColombiaHistopatologia de órgãos e lesões em tartarugas icoteas Trachemys callirostris callirostris (Gray, 1856) em Córdoba, Colômbia. Ces. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2014, vol.9, n.1, pp.15-25. ISSN 1900-9607.

A postmortem evaluation of 41 T. callirostris kept in captivity during the year 2009 was conducted at CAV-CVS Wildlife Care Center. The evaluation was performed in animals confiscated as a result of illegal trafficking. Histopathological examination of main organs and lesions was conducted in all animals. External clinical examination was also conducted and organs were macroscopically evaluated. Organs with anomalies were collected for histopathology and stained with hematoxylin-eosin stain. The most common external pathology found was Septicemic Cutaneous Ulcerative Disease (SCUD), present in 90% of the individuals. Abnormalities in the coelomic cavity, liver, spleen and lungs were observed while performing the macroscopic evaluation of internal organs. Lesions were present in 71% of livers, 92% of spleens, 41% of kidneys, and 40% of the lungs. This study shows the negative effects of captivity on wild individuals of this species

Keywords : Animal diseases; illegal traffic.

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