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1 September 2013 PREVALENCE OF ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT GRAM-NEGATIVE BACTERIA ASSOCIATED WITH THE RED-EARED SLIDER (TRACHEMYS SCRIPTA ELEGANS)
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Free-ranging Red-eared Sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) were captured from farm ponds located in the Flint Hills of Kansas and a zoo pond in Emporia, Kansas, USA, to evaluate their enteric bacterial flora and associated antibiotic resistance. Bacteria obtained from cloacal swabs were composed of six different Gram-negative genera. Although antibiotic resistance was present in turtles captured from both locations, 40 and 49% of bacteria demonstrated multiple antibiotic resistance to four of the antibiotics tested from the zoo captured and Flint Hills ponds turtles, respectively. These data illustrate environmental antibiotic resistance is widespread in the bacterial flora obtained from Red-eared Sliders in east central Kansas.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Dandan Liu, Cailin Wilson, Jodie Hearlson, Jennifer Singleton, R. Brent Thomas, and Scott S. Crupper "PREVALENCE OF ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT GRAM-NEGATIVE BACTERIA ASSOCIATED WITH THE RED-EARED SLIDER (TRACHEMYS SCRIPTA ELEGANS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(3), 666-671, (1 September 2013). https://doi.org/10.1638/2012-0252R1.1
Received: 30 October 2012; Published: 1 September 2013
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