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1 March 2017 Survey of Aerobic and Anaerobic Blood Cultures in Free-Ranging Western Ratsnakes (Pantherophis obsoletus)
Lynnette Waugh, Akhilesh Ramachandran, Scott Talent, Gretchen Cole, Jennifer D'Agostino
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The objective of this study was to survey blood cultures from a healthy population of wild western ratsnakes (Pantherophis obsoletus). Fifteen healthy, adult, free-ranging western ratsnakes were collected from the grounds of the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City, OK. Health assessments included examinations, whole body radiographs, complete blood cell counts, and plasma chemistry analyses. Blood samples were submitted for aerobic and anaerobic blood cultures. Blood cultures from 12 (80%) of 15 snakes were positive for bacteria. The most common bacteria isolated were Morganella morganii, Citrobacter freundii, and Proteus vulgaris. These results may support the possibility of an apparent normal microflora in the blood of healthy western ratsnakes.

© 2017 Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
Lynnette Waugh, Akhilesh Ramachandran, Scott Talent, Gretchen Cole, and Jennifer D'Agostino "Survey of Aerobic and Anaerobic Blood Cultures in Free-Ranging Western Ratsnakes (Pantherophis obsoletus)," Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery 27(1-2), 44-47, (1 March 2017). https://doi.org/10.5818/1529-9651-27.1-2.44
Published: 1 March 2017
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