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1 December 2010 Squamous Cell Carcinoma with Vascular Invasion in a Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)
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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common neoplasm diagnosed in domestic and wild animals, including several species of reptiles. However, reports of SCC invading vasculature or metastasizing in snakes are lacking. This report documents a case of SCC in an adult male eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) with a unique presentation and invasion into several small- to medium-sized vessels, suggestive of a metastatic process. What was initially suspected to be an abscessed tail was ultimately determined to be SCC originating at the base of the rattle.

Eric T. Anderson, Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf, Jeanine R. Sandy, Brian Dorn, Trent Boyette, and Craig A. Harms "Squamous Cell Carcinoma with Vascular Invasion in a Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(4), 745-748, (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.1638/2010-0096.1
Received: 9 June 2010; Published: 1 December 2010
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