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1 December 2016 Helminth Parasites of Pit Vipers from North Carolina
Elijah Davis, Jeffrey C. Beane, James R. Flowers
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We surveyed for helminth parasites salvaged specimens of 27 Agkistrodon contortrix (Copperhead), 4 Agkistrodon piscivorus (Cottonmouth), and 7 Crotalus horridus (Timber Rattlesnake) collected between 2003 and 2010 from various locations in North Carolina. We detected 10 previously described helminths (2 trematodes: Ochetosoma kansensis, Travtrema stenocotyle; 1 cestode: Proteocephalus sp.; 6 nematodes: Kalicephalus inermis coronellae, Kalicephalus costatus parvus, Physalopterid larvae, Physaloptera squamatae, Capillaria colubra, Strongyloides serpentis; and 1 acanthocephalan: Macracanthorhynchid cystacanths). Herein, we report 7 new host records and 7 new geographic-distribution records with notes on host—parasite biology.

Elijah Davis, Jeffrey C. Beane, and James R. Flowers "Helminth Parasites of Pit Vipers from North Carolina," Southeastern Naturalist 15(4), 729-741, (1 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.015.0414
Published: 1 December 2016
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