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1 July 2011 HEMATOLOGIC AND PLASMA BIOCHEMICAL REFERENCE INTERVALS FOR MORELET'S CROCODILES (CROCODYLUS MORELETII ) IN THE NORTHERN WETLANDS OF CAMPECHE, MEXICO
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Health surveys and hematologic and plasma biochemical analyses were conducted in 52 free-ranging and 51 captive Morelet's crocodiles (Crocodylus moreletii) in Campeche, Mexico, March–September 2007. Blood samples from 92 crocodiles (45 free-ranging and 47 captive) were collected for hematologic and plasma biochemical analyses. Average values of erythrocytes of free-ranging crocodiles were 1,046,166 cells/μl, and total white cells were 1.0×104 cells/μl. Captive crocodiles had erythrocyte and leukocyte values of 1,100,416 cells/μl and 8.51×103 cells/μl, respectively. There were no significant differences in values of erythrocytes or in hematocrit between free-ranging and captive crocodiles, or between sexes, or among size classes. Counts of leukocytes in free-ranging crocodiles were significantly higher than in captive individuals. The mean values of plasma analytes were 69.55 mg/l (glucose), 250.14 mg/l (cholesterol), 3.04 mg/l (uric acid), 2.70 mg/l (creatinine), and 20.20 IU/l (alanine aminotransferase). There were significant differences in cholesterol between free-ranging and captive crocodiles and between sexes.
Sergio E. Padilla, Manuel Weber and Elliott R. Jacobson "HEMATOLOGIC AND PLASMA BIOCHEMICAL REFERENCE INTERVALS FOR MORELET'S CROCODILES (CROCODYLUS MORELETII ) IN THE NORTHERN WETLANDS OF CAMPECHE, MEXICO," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 47(3), (1 July 2011). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-47.3.511
Received: 26 February 2010; Accepted: 1 January 2011; Published: 1 July 2011
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